Professor Ange Fitzgerald is the Associate Dean (Education) and Director (Initial Teacher Education) in the School of Education.
Ange Fitzgerald is a Professor and a Director (Initial Teacher Education) in the School of Education.
Ange is nationally and internationally recognised for her academic activities that promote and enhance the professional practice of both pre-service and in-service teachers. She describes her research as both conceptual and pragmatic as she navigates the world of the pracademic. Ange seeks to understand what defines effective teaching practices and environments as well as provide evidence-based practical implications and insights for educators. She is widely published (over 50+ books, edited books, book chapters and journal articles) and has significant success in attracting funding (approx. $2.5M across 24 research projects and scholarship opportunities and nine national and international tenders and consultancies). Ange has supervised a number of HDR students through to successful completion and has been invited to give key note addresses across Australia and abroad.
Driven by her strongly-held values of generosity and kindness, Ange gives back to her academic community through mentorship of early career academics, participation in national accreditation panels, involvement with her professional association and numerous editorial activities. She was the Secretary/Treasurer for the Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA) for six years and the co-Editor-in-Chief of the highly regarded science education journal, Research in Science Education (RISE). Ange has current international collaborations with government organisations in Andorra, Jordan, Papua New Guinea and the United States. She was a Queensland-Smithsonian Fellow in 2020 and has been recognised for excellence in teaching, research and community engagement. Ange is currently an executive member for the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA).
Ange is also an enthusiastic cake maker, bush walker, world traveller, farm hand, novel reader, gardener and dog tamer.
- Teacher education specialist
- National accreditation oversight
- Program quality assurance and enhancement
- Program evaluation consultant
- Primary science/STEM educator
- Qualitative researcher with an interest in documenting and sharing evidence-based education stories
- B.Sc./B.Ed. (Honours) (Monash)
- M.Ed. (Special Educational Needs) (Deakin)
- PhD (Science Education) (ECU)
- G.Cert. (Trauma Aware Education) (QUT)
Ange has a 20 year career in education spanning a range of contexts and settings.
- Secondary school contexts (4 years): General science and psychology teaching; middle school initiatives; school leadership; rural settings
- Tertiary education institutions (14 years): Course and program leadership; student welfare and wellbeing; professional experience leadership (locally, nationally and internationally); School and Faculty executive leadership; in three Australian states; different institutional contexts: G8, regional and technology-focused
- Non-governmental organisation (2 years): education and youth engagement advisor; international development and capacity building; Middle East location
Ange also has significant expertise in developing and delivering professional learning opportunities for teachers and experience in successfully undertaking a range of consultancy projects.
- Fitzgerald, A.,Parr, G.,Williams, J.,Wellam, R.,Howard, B.,Zandes, S.,Diug, B. (2023). Interfaculty collaboration for improving international mobility experiences: sustaining a dialogue across difference In: Teaching in Higher Education, 28, 51 - 65
- Davis, K.,Fitzgerald, A.,Power, M.,Leach, T.,Martin, N.,Piper, S.,Singh, R.,Dunlop, S. (2023). Understanding the conditions informing successful STEM clubs: What does the evidence base tell us? In: Studies in Science Education, 59, 1 - 23
- Fitzgerald, A.,Bradbury, O. (2023). Teacher educators’ learnings from change and growth in new educational contexts: Understanding identity, belonging and purpose In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 51, 15 - 27
- Fitzgerald, A.,Goff, W.,White, S. (2023). The dilemmas inherent in curriculum design: Unpacking the lived experiences of Australian teacher educators In: Journal of Education (South Africa), , 109 - 127
- Cooper, R.,Fitzgerald, A.,Carpendale, J. (2022). A Reading Group for Science Educators: an Approach for Developing Personal and Collective Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Science Education In: International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 20, 117 - 139
- Fitzgerald, A.,Cooper, R.,Adams, M.,George, S. (2022). From sex education to slimy snails : Teacher educators’ perspectives of how humour breaks down barriers to science learning and teaching In: Teach science, technology, engineering & mathematics with a sense of humor : Why (and how to) be a funnier and more effective STEM educator and laugh all the way to your classroom, The Curious Academic Publishing, California, United States
- Adams, M.,Cooper, R.,Fitzgerald, A.,George, S.,Gunstone, R. (2021). Hidden, yet in demand Voices of principals who are governing deliberately different Australian schools In: School Governance in Global Contexts, Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom
- Fitzgerald, A. (2021). Setting the Scene: What Is the Gender Gap and How Will It Be Explored? In: Women’s Lived Experiences of the Gender Gap, Springer, United States
- Fitzgerald, A.,Bradbury, O.,Leach, T. (2021). It Takes a Village: Using Communities of Practice as a Framework for Reflecting on Rural and Regional Professional Experience Opportunities In: Rural Education Across the World, Springer, Singapore
- Fitzgerald, A.,Abouali, D. (2021). Exploring Values Through Lived Experiences of the World Heritage Site of Petra: A Case Study In: Values in Science Education, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham, Switzerland
7 PhD Current Supervisions