Details of current projects being undertaken by the Science, Health and Engineering Educational Research (SHEER) Centre.
International students are ideal immigrants: A critical discourse analysis of study-migration pathways in Canada, Australia and Germany
This project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Grants and funding: SSHRC Can$155 k
Project lead: Associate Professor Roopa Desai Trilokekar, York University, Canada
Project Partners: RMIT University, The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration
Project Collaborator: Dr Cate Gribble, RMIT University
Where are the jobs, what are they, and how prepared are graduates for digital work?
This ATN funded project aims to design, implement and evaluate an affordance model for scaffolding digital skills and processes, drawing on technology theory and social constructivist pedagogy.
The intention is to position graduates for new and emerging digital work opportunities, in line with: Preparing students for the globalised world of work; Research embedded in teaching and engagement; Inspiring teaching; Places and spaces for creativity and collaboration; and Digital infrastructure supporting everything we do.
Grants and funding: 2017-2018 ATN Learning and Teaching Grant $104,000
Project lead: Associate Professor Fiona Peterson. Team members include Associate Professor Margaret Jollands
Project partners: University of Technology Sydney, Queensland University of Technology.
Developing entrepreneurial capabilities for the global labour market: A cross national study of IT students in the UK and Australia
The aim of this study is to investigate how universities are preparing IT students for the global labour market. The focus of this study is entrepreneurship which is now given high priority in public policy. Fostering entrepreneurial activities that drive innovation is increasingly seen as the answer to rapid technological advances, global competition and rising graduate unemployment rates. This cross national study will explore current entrepreneurship initiatives in post graduate IT programs at RMIT University, Australia, and Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. The study aims to increase understanding of how sociocultural factors (gender, class, cultural background) impact on the entrepreneurial intentions and practices among IT students. The study will investigate how universities in two distinct contexts are developing the entrepreneurship capabilities among IT students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and preparing them for increasingly challenging graduate labour markets globally.
Project dates: 2017 - 2018
Key People: A/Prof Margaret Hamilton, Dr Cate Gribble, Dr Sally Smith (Edinburgh Napier University UK).
Grants and funding: This project was funded by the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) (UKP 10k)
STEM in situ – Imagining entrepreneurial futures
This project is funded by Australian Federal Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Women In STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) grant program Round 1. The grant was one of 24 made to a variety of Australian organisations, totalling $3.9 million, under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
Grants and funding: 2016-2018 WISE Cat 1. $150k
Project lead: Associate Professor Trish McLaughlin
Project partners: Professor Kay Latham, Associate Professor Marc Demange and Dr Grant Cooper
Overview: The grant will support a program that targets high school girls from years 7 to 9 and involves a series of workshops and mentoring activities to provide students hands-on experience in STEM-related activities to explore the creative possibilities of STEM disciplines.
Educating the Edisons of the 21st Century
This OLT funded fellowship addresses challenges faced by Australian educators in graduating creative engineers, capable of developing novel products and services in a competitive global market.
Grants and funding: 2016-2017 Office of Learning and Teaching Grant
Project lead: Professor Iouri Belski
Project partners: International TRIZ academic experts from Germany, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Russia and Finland
Overview: Educating the Edisons of the 21st Century: Embedding tools of the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) into the engineering curriculum is aligned with the Government’s vision for higher education in Australia to act as an engine of economic growth.
Student and Supervisor Perceptions of Writing Competence for a Computer Science PhD
The aim of this project is to study the relationship between assessed English writing skills and the quality of research manuscripts in computer science. We will also determine which factors are perceived to change English writing skill during candidature.
Project dates: start (5/2016) and finish (4/2017)
Grants and funding: This project is funded by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) ($56k)