Debra Panizzon

Debra Panizzon
Monash University (Australia) · Faculty of Education

PhD

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Introduction
Debra Panizzon is a Research and Data Analyst for the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia investigating reasons why teachers leave the workforce, professional learning and induction and mentoring of early career teachers. She also holds an Adjunct position at Monash University (Australia) and is a consultant undertaking research in science education and STEM policy. Debra has worked with numerous stakeholders with this research across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Additional affiliations
June 2012 - present
Monash University (Australia)
Position
  • Associate Professor Science Education
June 2012 - August 2016
Monash University (Australia)
Position
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Science Education
September 2007 - May 2012
Flinders University
Position
  • Managing Director

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Publications (63)
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The following late changes have been incorporated to chapter 2 The name of the author was published as Julius Ajayi Eyitayo. This has now been corrected as Eyitayo Julius Ajayi
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Few would argue the value of learning progressions in providing useful structures for selecting and sequencing in a developmental manner the key components of an ‘intended curriculum’. Yet, there are pervading issues around what is meant by a developmental sequence, along with how they are used to assess what learners know, understand and can do. O...
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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is currently a national priority for Australia and many other countries with a skilled workforce in the area considered a high priority (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD], 2017). Underpinning much of this focus is the need to produce a future workforce with the inte...
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Among educators there is no clear definition for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This complicates its conception and application in schools. Thus, it is critical when working with students that we develop a common understanding of STEM, or at least understand and value the different perspectives that others may have. This p...
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Quality teaching that enhances student learning and engagement in science is a focus for all educational systems. Whether fuelled by the results from international studies, such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), or from what is already evident from the research, highly skilled teachers can greatly improve the educational...
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International research suggests that approximately 75% of the fastest growing occupations require skills in STEM (Becker & Park, 2011). This is problematic when recent Australian data highlights the underrepresentation of individuals in STEM-related subjects and professions who are Indigenous, female, or from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrou...
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A common pathway to becoming a teacher is for preservice teachers (PSTs) of STEM to go directly from school to university to teaching, with many experiencing casual employment in the retail and/or hospitality industries. As such, STEM preservice teachers may have limited exposure to STEM-related industries. This lack of experience can lead to naïve...
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International research suggests that approximately 75% of the fastest growing occupations require skills in STEM (Becker & Park, 2011). This is problematic when recent Australian data highlights the underrepresentation of individuals in STEM-related subjects and professions who are Indigenous, female, or from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrou...
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Studies, such as Programme for International Student Assessment 2012, indicate that there are gender based differences in measures of mathematics anxiety, self-concept and self efficacy among students. In this study we explore self-efficacy, self-concept and Mathematics anxiety in a sample of Year 7 and 8 South Australian students to examine if the...
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A review of the science education literature identifies the importance of outreach in raising public awareness of science while providing students with contextually relevant and meaningful science in ways that enhance their school experiences. The National Virtual School of Emerging Sciences (NVSES) provided just such an opportunity. Established th...
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A cultura global de testes se expandiu rapidamente nas últimas décadas. Nessas avaliações, as áreas mais comumente testadas são as de Linguagem e Matemática (LM). O foco e as políticas de responsabilização têm trazido consequências para o ensino de Ciências. Neste estudo reúnem-se evidências do Brasil, do Canadá e da Austrália para compreender as i...
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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are considered by most western countries as the key areas for ensuring economic prosperity into the future. The recent establishment in Australia of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) along with a new National Innovation and Science Agenda indicate that political goodwil...
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This paper reports on a large study investigating the pedagogical reasoning of 40 expert science teachers in Australia in an attempt to explicate expert practice. Over a three-year period, the teachers were divided into two cohorts involving both elementary and high school teachers of science. Each cohort experienced eight days of a professional pr...
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Organising teaching of a topic around a small number of ‘big ideas’ has been argued by many to be important in teaching for deep understanding, with big ideas being able to link different activities and to be framed in ways that provide perceived relevance and routes into engagement. However it is our view that, at present, the significance of big...
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Reviews of science education consistently suggest that there is (another) crisis. They express concern with the status quo and suggest directions that science education might take. In this context, science educators need to consider the current state of play, the needs of generations in a world to come and the characteristics of future science educ...
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‘Science as a Human Endeavour’ is one of three strands of content identified in the new Australian Science Curriculum. All strands (Science as Human Endeavour, Science Understanding and Science Inquiry Skills) are seen as legitimate content areas to be learnt by all students throughout their school science. However, with the pressures of a crowded...
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Paper presented at the Australasian Science Education Research Association Annual Conference, (July 2014). Melbourne, Victoria. Abstract In an era of Standards and teacher accountability, the question of how to determine pedagogical expertise has become all the more important. Shulman introduced the construct of pedagogical reasoning to describe te...
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Within Australia over the last decade there has been considerable government rhetoric about impending shortages in the STEM workforce and the long-term impact on the future economy. Much of the data provided in government and industry reports allude to falling participation rates in STEM-related subjects and the inability of industry to employ suit...
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The book is an anthology of pre-service teacher authorised cases describing incidences and reflections from their placement experiences while undertaking education studies at Monash University in 2014. This book is organised into six chapters. These are; 1. Understanding learning and developing pedagogy, 2. Navigating placement, 3. Teaching outside...
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When considered in the educational sphere diversity often refers to the classroom and the ways in which teachers cater for the variety of learning needs of their students. At this classroom level much can be learnt from the research literature regarding the factors likely to enhance the engagement and achievement of students in mathematics. However...
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In Australia science and mathematics are considered key subjects for ensuring our economic prosperity and sustainable development into the future. Meeting this agenda requires a scientifically literate population that values STEM and the opportunities provided by careers in the field. Over the last decade, international comparisons of student achie...
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A scientific and mathematically literate society is considered by many stakeholders in Australia to be a political imperative if we are to ensure future prosperity. Interestingly, this contradicts the present trend here and in many other OECD countries with shortages of engineers, physicists and mathematicians already evident. To this end, substant...
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A critical pedagogist, Ivan Illich (1926–2002) was concerned with the ways in which education as provided by schooling perpetuated and even legitimized social injustice and inequity.
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The National Broadband Network (NBN) creates new opportunities for collaborative education. John Monash Science School, Monash University and Pearson Australia have joined together to provide the NBN Virtual School of Emerging Sciences (NVSES), linking together Year 10 students who are passionate about science. The programme provides access to expe...
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The majority of literature in rural education tends to focus around identifying the factors contributing to the significant variations that exist in relation to student achievement between rural and urban schools. In reviewing this research from an international perspective, an interesting inconsistency emerges. At one extreme, some studies support...
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When questioned, secondary mathematics teachers in rural and regional schools in Australia refer to their limited opportunities to engage and share experiences with peers in other schools as an under-utilised and cost-effective mechanism to support their professional learning and enhance their students’ learning. The paper reports on the creation a...
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Much of the literature around rural education highlights broader issues and challenges faced by teachers in rural and remote secondary schools with little emphasis on the detail of teacher pedagogical knowledge and classroom practice that might be specific to these very different contexts. This is a serious oversight in country like Australia and C...
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The overarching rationale for comparative studies research in education is to promote local understanding through international analysis and cooperation. In the area of science teacher education, there is only one significant and recent publication that addresses science teacher education from an international perspective. This paper builds upon th...
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The overarching rationale for comparative studies research in education is to promote local understanding through international analysis and cooperation. In the area of science teacher education, there is only one significant and recent publication that addresses science teacher education from an international perspective. This paper builds upon th...
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Students enter school with well-developed ideas about scientific concepts formulated predominantly through their sensory experiences with their natural world. While these conceptions are coherent and make sense to the student, they may differ significantly from the scientific view. The role of the teacher is to interpret what the student understand...
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Meiosis is a biological concept that is both complex and important for students to learn. This study aims to explore first‐year biology students’ explanations of the process of meiosis, using an explicit theoretical framework provided by the Structure of the Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) model. The research was based on responses of 334 first‐ye...
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The overarching rationale for comparative studies research is to promote local understanding through international analysis and cooperation. In the area of science teacher education, there is only one significant and recent publication (Abell, 2000) that addresses science teacher education from an international perspective. This paper builds upon t...
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Aligned with recent changes to syllabuses in Australia is an assessment regime requiring teachers to identify what their students ‘know’ and ‘can do’ in terms of the quality of understanding demonstrated. This paper describes the experiences of 25 secondary science and mathematics teachers in rural schools in New South Wales as they explore the cha...
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This paper presents results from a survey of secondary mathematics teachers in rural, regional and metropolitan schools across Australia. The purpose of the survey was to compare the major needs of teachers in relation to the attraction and retention of qualified staff, professional development, availability of material resources and support person...
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This paper explores inequities in student achievement for literacy that emerge when data are interrogated from a metropolitan, regional and rural perspective. In this analysis, data are drawn from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Australian National Benchmark results for Years 3, 5 and 7 students. The results in rel...
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To undertake rigorous research in biology and ecology, students must be able to pose testable hypotheses, design decisive studies, and analyse results using suitable statistics. Yet, few biology students excel in topics involving statistics and most attempt to evade optional courses in research methods. Over the last few years, we have developed a...
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Increasingly, oral histories are becoming accepted as a valid source of research data in river management in Australia, especially when formally validated and suitably structured. Their particular strength lies in the provision of information that long precedes formal agency or research institution records, often by four to six decades. Frequently,...
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This paper describes the early experiences of secondary mathematics teachers in four rural schools in NSW as they began to explore the changing nature of assessment and the implications it has for their practice. Two important findings emerged from their involvement and experiences. First, teachers reported that using a theoretical framework to gui...
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In their paper, Martinez, Solanto, and Jiminez compared a number of methodologies used to describe students' understandings of scientific conceptions. One of the issues raised by the authors was the lack of a theoretical platform based in the area of cognition upon which the data were analysed. This paper investigates students' understandings of di...
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Discusses Mission Possible, a problem-solving strategy that provides a wide range of learning experiences and encourages students and teachers to explore the use of scientific ideas and principles. Describes setting up a Mission Possible Day for primary students in a rural community. (Author/NB)
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The purposeof this study was to describe and compare two approaches to assessment that were used to identify the growth in students' understandings of planetary processes. These approaches can be integrated into school accountability systems. SOLO, an acronym for the S tructure of the Observed Learning Outcome, is a response model developed by Bigg...
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To undertake rigorous research in biology and ecology, students must be able to pose testable hypotheses, design decisive studies, and analyse results using suitable statistics. Yet, few biology students excel in topics involving statistics and most attempt to evade optional courses in research methods. Over the last few years, we have developed a...
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This exploratory study investigated the role and importance of peers in providing personal and academic support for Year 11 female students, enrolled in physics and biology. While these areas of support had been identified in earlier research by Holland and Eisenhart (1981), this study attempted to investigate further their importance within an Aus...
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Assessment for learning places greater emphasis on assessment being linked intrinsically to the teaching and learning process. In this context summative and formative assessment become critical in providing feedback to teachers and students about what is understood and where learning and subsequently teaching should be directed to enhance student u...
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This paper reports on a project that identified and explored the factors leading to outstanding mathematics outcomes in junior secondary public education in NSW for students across the ability spectrum. Once a sample of mathematics faculties was identified by drawing upon the extensive quantitative and qualitative data-bases within the NSW Departme...
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In New South Wales the focus on assessment for learning requires teachers to consider carefully the alignment between assessment, curriculum, and pedagogy. This emerging agenda in teacher education seeks to ensure that assessment practices provide advice to teachers about what students know and where teaching might be directed to enhance learning....
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The application of measurement principles to qualitative data around scientific understanding not only reveals important problems for teachers and curriculum design; it highlights a pedagogical solution. Panizzon & Bond (2006) demonstrated that students' understandings of diffusion and osmosis remained similar across the high school–university tran...
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In this exploratory study the understandings demonstrated by primary students as a result of their involvement with the interactive CD package Astronomy Village ® : Investigating the Solar System™ were explored. Thirty-one students aged between 10 and 12 years, from two schools in rural New South Wales completed two tasks before and after the inter...

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Quality induction and mentoring play a vital role for teachers especially in their first few years of teaching, as they build upon their knowledge and understanding of student learning while honing the skills necessary to become successful teachers. This project explores the key components comprising ' quality induction and mentoring' of teachers particularly in moving from Graduate to Proficient stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs).