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Linda Pfeiffer

B. Ed (Science); M. Ed; ScEdD (Curtin)
Senior Lecturer - Education
School of Education and the Arts
LEAP Centre (Learning, Equity, Access and Participation)
About Me

Background

Linda is a Lecturer in the School of Education and the Arts based at the Gladstone Marina campus. She coordinates the Science units in the undergraduate and postgraduate Primary and Early Childhood Education courses and she has won Student Voice Awards for high student satisfaction ratings. Linda has developed the STEM Education and Engagement Unit for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course. Linda has a broad range of successful teaching experiences in primary, secondary and tertiary education. She has been the Institutional Team Leader for CQUniversity on the OLT project It’s part of my life: Engaging university and community to enhance science and mathematics education and she is also a Research Higher Degree Supervisor. Linda supervises pre-service teachers on practical placement and she has a passion for STEM education and engagement. Linda has been awarded two CQUniversity Engagement Opal Awards. She works with industry, community groups and local schools to improve STEM outcomes across all sectors. Linda won the 2016 Women in STEM Research Prize for her work with schools on science education and engagement events. She is enthusiastic about science education and committed to improving the quality of STEM learning experiences at all levels of education from pre-Kindergarten right through to post graduate. Linda is the STEM Education Officer for CQUniversity on the QSEN (Queensland STEM Education Network) and she has a keen interest in professional development for teachers.

Awards

2016 Women in STEM Research Prize

2016 Student Voice Award – Teaching Science

2015 CQUniversity Opal Award Winner – Science Education Experience

2015 Student Voice Award – Teaching Science

2014 Queensland State Finalist – FameLab

2014 CQUniversity Opal Award Winner – Digital Classroom Project

2014 CQUniversity Opal Award Finalist – Science Week Event

2013 Student Voice Award – Introductory Chemistry

Events

Linda has developed, planned and conducted numerous successful STEM education events.

· The Art meets Science Project for the World Science Festival Gladstone (2017)

· The Sunfest Drones and Electronics event (2017)

· The ConocoPhillips Science Experience for Year 9 and Year 10 students (2016)

· The Science Education Experience PD event for teachers (2016, 2015)

· The Science Week Drones event for Year 5 students (2016)

General
Background

Background

Linda is a Lecturer in the School of Education and the Arts based at the Gladstone Marina campus. She coordinates the Science units in the undergraduate and postgraduate Primary and Early Childhood Education courses and she has won Student Voice Awards for high student satisfaction ratings. Linda has developed the STEM Education and Engagement Unit for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course. Linda has a broad range of successful teaching experiences in primary, secondary and tertiary education. She has been the Institutional Team Leader for CQUniversity on the OLT project It’s part of my life: Engaging university and community to enhance science and mathematics education and she is also a Research Higher Degree Supervisor. Linda supervises pre-service teachers on practical placement and she has a passion for STEM education and engagement. Linda has been awarded two CQUniversity Engagement Opal Awards. She works with industry, community groups and local schools to improve STEM outcomes across all sectors. Linda won the 2016 Women in STEM Research Prize for her work with schools on science education and engagement events. She is enthusiastic about science education and committed to improving the quality of STEM learning experiences at all levels of education from pre-Kindergarten right through to post graduate. Linda is the STEM Education Officer for CQUniversity on the QSEN (Queensland STEM Education Network) and she has a keen interest in professional development for teachers.

Events

Linda has developed, planned and conducted numerous successful STEM education events.

· The Art meets Science Project for the World Science Festival Gladstone (2017)

· The Sunfest Drones and Electronics event (2017)

· The ConocoPhillips Science Experience for Year 9 and Year 10 students (2016)

· The Science Education Experience PD event for teachers (2016, 2015)

· The Science Week Drones event for Year 5 students (2016)

Universities Studied At

The University of Newcastle, NSW

Charles Sturt University, NSW

Curtin University, WA

Universities Worked At

Charles Sturt University, NSW

Central Queensland University, QLD

Awards

2016 Women in STEM Research Prize

2016 Student Voice Award – Teaching Science

2015 CQUniversity Opal Award Winner – Science Education Experience

2015 Student Voice Award – Teaching Science

2014 Queensland State Finalist – FameLab

2014 CQUniversity Opal Award Winner – Digital Classroom Project

2014 CQUniversity Opal Award Finalist – Science Week Event

2013 Student Voice Award – Introductory Chemistry

Media Citations

  • Explainer: STEM, and what it means to Australia's education system

Published 5 January, 2017 (101 media citations)

http://www.hepburnadvocate.com.au/story/4387606/explainer-stem-and-what-it-means-to-australias-education-system/?cs=24

  • Coding and robotics buzz words as Gladstone prepares for drone races

Published 25 July – 1 Sep, 2016 (56 media citations)

https://www.centraltelegraph.com.au/news/coding-and-robotics-buzz-words-as-gladstone-prepar/3067495/

  • CQUni's Dr Pfeiffer wins Women in STEM Research Prize

Published: 14 March 2016

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/engagement-category/2016/cqunis-dr-pfeiffer-wins-women-in-stem-research-prize

  • Gladstone academic presents at 'Words of Wisdom - Women' event

Published: 14 March 2016

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/engagement-category/2017/gladstone-academic-presents-at-words-of-wisdom-women-event

  • Science education proponent part of 'Women in STEM Research' competition

Published: 22 February 2016

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/research-category/2017/voting-open-for-women-in-stem-research-competition,-cquni-has-entrant

  • CQUni award proves Science Education Experience a natural gem

Published: 23 November 2015

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/general-category/2017/cquni-award-proves-science-education-experience-a-natural-gem

  • Back to nature Science Education Experience inspires educators

Published: 24 August 2015

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/general-category/2017/back-to-nature-science-education-experience-inspires-teachers

  • Science comes to life as CQUni teaches the teachers in Science Week

Published: 04 August 2015

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/engagement-category/2017/science-comes-to-life-as-cquni-teaches-the-teachers-in-science-week

  • Helping teachers find 'science education paradise' in Gladstone for Science Week

Published: 26 June 2015

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/engagement-category/2017/helping-teachers-find-science-education-paradise-in-gladstone-for-science-week

  • CQUni helping primary teachers find science education paradise in Gladstone

Published: 28 May 2015

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/general-category/2017/cquni-helping-primary-teachers-find-science-education-paradise-in-gladstone

  • Gladstone graduation means a day off for region's newest teachers

Published: 26 Mar 2015

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/general-category/2015/gladstone-graduation-means-a-day-off-for-regions-newest-teachers

  • 'Roar' science with toothpick animals in the classroom

Published: 20 Mar 2015

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/research-category/2015/roar-science-with-toothpick-animals-in-the-classroom

  • Opal Awards for gems among engagement projects

Published: 26 Nov 2014

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/general-category/2015/opal-awards-for-gems-among-engagement-projects

  • Kids cotton on to how science is feeding the world

Published: 25 Aug 2014

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/engagement-category/2014/kids-cotton-on-to-how-science-is-feeding-the-world

  • Seeding collaborations between passionate scientists and passionate teachers

Published: 03 Apr 2014

https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/research-category/2015/seeding-collaborations-between-passionate-scientists-and-passionate-teachers

Previous teaching

· Unit Coordinator – Biological and Earth and Space Sciences, Central Queensland University

· Unit Coordinator – Teaching Science, Central Queensland University

· Unit Coordinator – Global Science, Central Queensland University

· Unit Coordinator – Introductory Chemistry, Central Queensland University

· Casual tutor – Global Science, Central Queensland University

· Relief Teacher – Boyne Island State School (Primary), Boyne Island Queensland

· Acting Head of Senior School – Macquarie Anglican Grammar School, Dubbo NSW

· Senior Science Coordinator K to 12 – Macquarie Anglican Grammar School, Dubbo NSW

· Secondary Science and Senior Chemistry teacher – St Johns College, Dubbo NSW

· Casual Lecturer Biomedical Science 121 (Chemistry component) – Charles Sturt University, Dubbo NSW

· Science Assistant Coordinator – St. Johns College, Dubbo NSW

· Casual Teacher – Albury, Bathurst, and Dubbo, NSW

Professional Memberships

· QCT (QLD College of Teachers) Full registration

· STAQ (Science Teachers Association of QLD) member

· ASERA (Australian Science Education Research Association) member

· ASTE (Association for Science Teacher Education) member

· ATEA (Australian Teacher Education Association) member

· AARE (Australian Association for Research in Education) member

· AVETRA (Australian Vocational Education and Training Association) member

Key Achievements

  • 2017 Advance Queensland KTP – Central Highlands Science Centre ($11,880)
  • 2017 Arts and Science QGC community Grant ($5000)
  • 2016 Internal funding STEM RG ($1300)
  • 2016 Science Week Drones QGC Community Grant ($41, 278)
  • 2016, 2015 Science Education Experience QGC Community Grant ($23,865)
  • 2016 ConocoPhillips Science Experience ($4,650)

Editor

Commissioned Reports

Butler, C, Beeson, J, Matheson, F, Pfeiffer, L and Cameron, R (2013) Project Evaluation: Industry Services Training 2012. Available online: www.gmai.org.au

Final proofing: Cameron, R (2013) Final Report Methodological Scan CRC For Rail Innovation 2007 to 2014, CRC for Rail Innovation, Brisbane, Australia.

Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Specialist Studies in Education

At the level of Principal Supervisor


Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Education

Specialist Studies in Education - Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
STEM and science education for pre-service teachers and educators at all levels including early childhood, primary, secondary and higher education.

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