THEMES AND PROJECTS
Current themes and projects
The following STEM education projects, grouped by theme, are currently being undertaken by our members. Many our members are engaged in and have completed projects in traditional STEM subjects; these projects are not included here.
Theme 1. Increasing the retention and success rates in tertiary STEM programmes through enhancing flexible learning based on digital technologies
- Investigating the Impact of Non-routine Problem Solving on Creativity, Engagement and Intuition of STEM Tertiary Students (project leader Associate Professor Sergiy Klymchuk firstname.lastname@example.org)
This project aims to investigate the creative thinking skills and engagement of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) students as a result of solving non-routine problems during their learning. The participants comprise five groups of students from four diverse tertiary institutions who are studying different STEM subjects. Their learning will be enhanced by the addition of non-routine problem solving activities. Learners’ creativity, engagement and intuition will be analysed to evaluate the effect of this innovative practice. We anticipate that wide implementation of this learning enhancement would improve the employability of STEM students since innovative and creative thinking is a workplace requirement.
The full description, research design and methodology, practice value, timeframe and CV’s of the key members are available here.
1. Associate Professor of Mathematics Sergiy Klymchuk, AUT, Principal Investigator, Researcher, mathematics and engineering education.
2. Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education Mike Thomas, University of Auckland, Principal Investigator, Researcher, mathematics education.
3. Associate Professor of Education Jason Stephens, University of Auckland, Associate Investigator, Researcher, education.
4. Dr Julia Novak, University of Auckland, Associate Investigator, Researcher, science and mathematics education.
5. Dr Tanya Evans, University of Auckland, Associate Investigator, Researcher, mathematics education.
6. Professor Sergei Gulyaev, AUT, Practitioner, physics and astronomy education.
7. Dr William Liu, AUT, Practitioner, computer science education.
8. Dr Jordan Alexander, AUT, Practitioner, physics and astronomy education.
9. Dr Andrew Zaliwski, Whitireia New Zealand, Practitioner, computer science education.
10. Dr Priscilla Murphy, MIT, Practitioner, mathematics and engineering education.
A $198,205 grant from the Teaching-Research Initiative Scheme of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
Contact: Project leader – Associate Professor Sergiy Klymchuk email@example.com
- Enhancing the Teaching of STEM Subjects Using Digital Pen-enabled Tablet Technologies (project leader - Peter Maclaren firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Developing Digital Resources of Puzzles, Paradoxes, Provocations and Sophisms in STEM Subjects and Investigating their Impact on Enhancing STEM Students' Critical Thinking and Analytical Abilities (project leader – Associate Professor Sergiy Klymchuk email@example.com)
- Evidence-Based Learning in Physics Laboratory (project leaders – Professor Sergei Gulyaev firstname.lastname@example.org and Jordan Alexander email@example.com)
- Computing for the Social Good (project leaders – Associate Professor Tony Clear firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr Jacqueline Whalley email@example.com)
- A Vision Control Module for a Robotics Teaching Environment (project leader Associate Professor Loulin Huang firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Colourful Diagrams; Skipping the Proofs (project leader Associate Professor David Wilson email@example.com)
- Industrial Visualisation for Plant Operators: Minimising the Costly Mistakes (project leader Associate Professor David Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Screencasts: The Development of AUT's Online Mathematics and Statistics Resources (project leader Dr Robin Hankin email@example.com)
- A Diagnostic Testing Framework for Threshold Concepts in Software Engineering (project leader Dr Roopak Sinha firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Effective Strategies for Teaching Statistics to Non-Specialists (project leader – Dr Sarah Marshall email@example.com)
Theme 2. Enhancing the growth of high achieving tertiary STEM students through targeted innovative pedagogical strategies
- Involving High Achieving STEM Students in International Olympiads and Competitions (project leader – Professor Sergei Gulyaev firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Effective Teaching of Mathematical Modelling and Applications to STEM Students (project leaders – Associate Professor Sergiy Klymchuk email@example.com and Kerri Spooner firstname.lastname@example.org)
Theme 3. Improving entrepreneurial skills of tertiary STEM students through establishing creative environment for informal extracurricular activities
- Establishing the STEM Student Entrepreneurs Club to Facilitate Mentoring and Assistance to Start-up Businesses Based on Innovations in STEM (project leaders – Associate Professor Sergiy Klymchuk email@example.com and Brody Radford firstname.lastname@example.org)
Theme 4. Increasing the awareness of sustainability and ethical responsibility for the environment of tertiary STEM students
- Rewarding Sustainability with Green Teaching Badges II (project leader – Dr William Liu email@example.com)