Professor Kevin Watson

BSc (Hons) Dip Ed MCurrSt (Hons) PhD
Professor, Science Education, Course Coordinator Secondary Education

Email: Kevin.Watson@nd.edu.au
Phone: (02) 8204 4128

  • Biography

    Kevin Watson was a science and mathematics teacher in schools for 16 years, teaching mainly biology, chemistry, secondary science and primary science and technology before becoming a lecturer in Science Education at the University of Western Sydney. Before leaving the school sector he was Curriculum Coordinator at The Hills Grammar School. He was a member of Premier Carr's Advisory Committee for Science Education from 2003 to 2006. He has been a consultant for the Republic of Maldives Ministry of Education and UNICEF and has worked with AusAid on issues around Global Education. Kevin has had numerous consultancies with NSW DEC and conducted funded research for NSW DEC and the Australian Academy of Science. He is a reviewer for four international and one national journal. He has a Councilor, Vice-President and President of the NSW Institute for Educational Research (IeR) and spent six years as a Councilor with the Science Teachers’ Association of NSW. Kevin was Head of Program (Secondary) at UWS and is a founding member of the ROSETE Project which is implementing a research-based teacher education program with partners in China and NSW DEC. He was a member of a team working with NSW DET to evaluate the implementation of Positive Behaviour for Leaning (PBL/PBIS) in western and south western Sydney. This research was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) as a partnership grant. At present, Kevin is an Associate Professor at The University of Notre Dame Australia. He maintains a teaching fraction with the School of Education while his substantive position is Director of Research, Sydney. Kevin has completed many research projects and is currently finalising a project for the Sydney Archdiocese CEO as well as an OLT grant in partnership with Macquarie University.

  • Teaching Areas

    Science Education
    Science and Technology Education
    Teaching and Learning

  • Research Expertise and Supervision

    Science Education
    Science and Technology Education
    Intercultural Understanding
    Pedagogy
    Assessment

  • Books

    Davies, A., Watson, K. & Whang, M. (1993). Key Skill Outsomes in Science. Edward Arnold:Melbourne.

  • Book Chapters

    Aubusson, P., Watson, K., Vozzo, L. & Steele, F. (2006). Teacher retraining – a desperate measure. In Entry to the Teaching Profession: Preparation, Practice, Pressure and Professionalism (64-78). Australian College of Educators: Deakin West.

    Hill, S. B., Wilson, S. & Watson, K. (2004). Learning Ecology – A New Approach to Learning and Transforming Ecological Consciousness: Experiences from Social Ecology in Australia. Palgrave Macmillan: New York.

  • Journal Articles and Proceedings

    • Handal, B., Watson, K,; & Deng, H.H. (2014, in press). La implementación de las tecnologías mobiles en las escuelas: ciudadanías digitales. I Jornadas Nacionales de Humanidades Digitales: Culturas, Tecnologías, Saberes (17-19, November 2014). Buenos Aires. Asociación Argentina de Humanidades Digitales (AAHD).
    • Handal, B., Novak, A., Watson, K., Maher, M., MacNish, J., & Eddles-Hirsch, K. (2014). Numeracy education through mobile apps. Australian Journal of Middle Schooling, 14(1), 28-37. *
    • Handal, B., Watson, K., Petocz, P. & Maher, M. (2013). NSW Maths and Science Teachers' Choice to Rural and/or Remote Teaching Destinations. Report prepared for the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Sydney: The University of Notre Dame Australia.
    • Handal, B., Watson, K., Petocz, P. & Maher, M. (2013). Retaining Mathematics and Science teachers in rural and remote schools. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 23(3), 13-28.
    • Watson, K. (2013). Research-oriented school –based teacher education: A model for international students. Pacific-Asian Education, 25(1), 45-62. Available at: http://www.hawaii.edu/hera/pcc/PAE_25__1__final_13.pdf
    • Handal, B., Novak, A., Watson, K., Maher, M., MacNish, J., & Eddles-Hirsch, K. (2014). Numeracy education through mobile apps. Australian Journal of Middle Schooling, 14(1), 28-37.
    • Handal, B., Watson, K., Petocz, P. & Maher, M. (2013). Retaining mathematics and science teachers in rural and remote schools. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 3(3), 13-28.
    • Watson, K, Handal, B., Maher, M. & McGinty, E. (2013). Globalising the class size debate: myths and realities.Journal of International and Comparative Education, 2(2), 72-85. Available at: http://crice.um.edu.my/downloads/3Watson%20et%20al.pdf
    • Watson, K. & Chen, X. (2008). Preserving Cultural Heritage: An Australian Islamic perspective. Pacific-Asian Education. 20 (1) 33-45.
    • Watson, K., Steele, F., Vozzo, L. &Aubusson, P. (2007). Changing the Subject: Retraining Teachers to Teach Science. Research in Science Education 3 141-154.
    • Watson, K. & Steele, F. (2006). Building a Teacher Education Community: Recognising the ecological reality of sustainable collaboration. Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 7 (1) 1-26.
    • Watson, K. (2005). Teacher professional learning and pre-service teacher education: Building a sustainable community. Journal of Teacher Education and Training, 5 3-15.
    • Watson, K. & Halse, C. (2005). Environmental Attitudes of Pre-service Teachers: A conceptual and methodological dilemma in cross-cultural data collection. Asia-Pacific Education Review, 6 (1), 59-71.
    • Watson, K. & Gregson, R. (2004). A dig at dinosaurs: Real science education or not. Teaching Science, 50 (1) 10-14.
    • Aubusson, P. J. & Watson, K. (2004) Using a Curriculum Package Combined with Professional Learning to Promote Good Practice in Teaching Secondary Science. Pacific-Asian Education. 16 (2) 49-64.
    • Steele, F., Watson, K., Vozzo, L. & Aubusson, P. (2004). Retraining Teachers to Teach Science: Is it a good idea? Teaching Science 50 (2).
    • Vozzo, L., Aubusson, P., Steele, F. & Watson, K. (2004). Mentoring Retrained Teachers: Extending the Web. Mentoring and Tutoring Journal. 12 (3) 335-351.
    • Aubusson, P., Steele, F., Watson, K. & Vozzo, L. (2004). Retraining Teachers and School Culture: Complex interactions. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. 9 (1) 59-77.
    • Boddy, N., Watson, K. & Aubusson, P. J. (2003). A trial of the Five Es: A model for constructivist teaching and learning. Research in Science Education, 3 (3) 1-16.
    • Watson, K., Aubusson, P. J., Steele, F. & Griffin, J. (2002). A Culture of learning in the informal museum setting. Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, 10, (2) 81- 95.
    • Aubusson, P. J. & Watson, K. (2002). Packaging constructivist science teaching in a curriculum resource. Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Teaching and Learning, 3, (2). Article 2.
    • Watson, K. (2001). What a difference the culture makes. Social Ecology and Lifelong Learning: Occasional Papers, 1, 57-70.
    • Aubusson, P. J. and Watson, K. (2000). Curriculum Manager's perceptions of science curriculum, development and implementation in Pakistan: Springboards or Obstacles to Change. Science Education (International).
    • Aubusson, P. J. & Watson, K. (1999). Issues and Problems Related to Science Curriculum Implementation in Pakistan: Perceptions of Three Pakistani Curriculum Managers. Science Education, 83 (603-620).
    • Watson, K., Aubusson, P. J., & Baumgart, N. (1993). Curriculum implementation: Consultancy, Authority and co-operation. Pacific-Asia Education, 5(1).
    • Barker, K., Dobia, B., Mooney, M., Watson, K., Power, A., Ha, M. T., Yeung, A. S., Schofield, J., McCloughan, G., & Denham, A. (2008, November). Positive behaviour for learning: Changing student behaviours for sustainable psychosocial outcomes. Paper presented in the symposium: Positive behaviour for learning: Changing student behaviours for sustainable educational outcomes in the annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Brisbane, Australia.
    • Mooney, M., Dobia, B., Power, A., Watson, K., Barker, K., Yeung, A. S., Denham, A., McCloughan, G., & Schofield, J. (2008, November). Why positive behaviour for learning: The how’s and why’s of translating a US model for local sustainable education. Paper presented in the symposium: Positive behaviour for learning: Changing student behaviours for sustainable educational outcomes in the annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Brisbane, Australia.
    • Mooney, M., Watson, K., Dobia, B., Power, A., Barker, K., Ha, M. T., Yeung, A. S., McCloughan, G., Schofield, J., & Denham, A. (2008, November). Positive behaviour for learning: Local features of an adapted US model of behaviour management. Paper presented in the symposium: Positive behaviour for learning: Changing student behaviours for sustainable educational outcomes in the annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Brisbane, Australia.
    • Power, A., Mooney, M., Barker, K., Dobia, B., Watson, K., Schofield, J., McCloughan, G., Denham, A., Yeung, A. S. (2008, November). Positive behaviour for learning: School-wide student behaviour intervention in Western Sydney. Paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference, Singapore, November 2008. (accepted July 2008)
    • Watson, K. & Martin, A. The role of attitude in intercultural understanding: An assessment of secondary students' freehand maps. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium, 19-22 May, 1996.
    • Arthur, J. M., Watson, K., Farrell, D. J. (1976). A Recent Survey of the Meals on Wheels Service in Armidale. ANZAAS Conference. Hobart, Tasmania.
    • Watson, K. (2001). What a difference the culture makes. Social Ecology and Lifelong Learning: Occasional Papers, 1, 57-70.
    • Watson, K. (2000). Intercultural Understanding and Environmentalism: a phenomenographic approach. Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education 1999. Centre for Studies in Mathematics, Science and Environmental Education: Deakin University. 5, 62-67.
    • Watson, K., (1997) Review of the book The Global Greenhouse Effect: Ideas and activities for teaching in primary schools. Science Education News, 46 (3).
    • Watson, K., (1996) Browned-off Chemistry. Science Education News, 45(1).
    • Mooney, M., Barker, K., Dobia, B., Power, A., Watson, K. & Yeung, A. (2008). Positive Behaviour for Learning: Investigationg the Transfer of a US System into the DET Western Sydney Region Schools. Research Report for NSW DET. University of Western Sydney, Kingswood.
    • Costley, D., Watson, K. & Power, A. (2008). Employability Skills of Senior Secondary Students. Research report for ACER as part of a DEST commissioned research project. University of Western Sydney, Kingswood.
    • Costley, D. Horsley, M. Watson, K. White, A. & Gregson, R. (2008). Global Education. Research Report for AusAid. University of Western Sydney, Kingswood.
    • Watson, K. (2007). Stage 1 Report on School and University Partnerships. Research Report for ASISTM. University of Western Sydney, Kingswood.
    • Costley, D., Gannon, S., Sawyer, W. & Watson, K. (2007). Teacher Secondments and Placements to University Education Faculties. Research Report for DEST. University of Western Sydney, Kingswood.
    • Watson, K. (2004). Promotion of Quality Education: Improving Continuous Education Procedures. Consultancy Report for UNICEF. University of Western Sydney, Kingswood.
    • Aubusson, P. J., Watson, K. & Brown, G. (1997) Enhancing Lower Secondary Science: The trial of a curriculum package combined with a professional development program. University of Western Sydney Nepean, Kingswood.
  • Conference Papers

    • Watson, K. Global Collaboration and Research-based Teacher Education: Promoting mutual understandings in a trans-cultural learning community. Presented at the International Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium. Taiwan, May, 2009.
    • Watson, K. Preserving Cultural Heritage: An Australian Islamic perspective. Presented at the International Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium. Taiwan, May, 2009.
    • King, J., Thorpe, S., Gourneau, B., Holen, J., Keng, N & Watson, K. Teacher Education for the Future (TEF): Stage 4. Symposium presented at the International Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium. Taiwan, May, 2009.
    • Barker, K., Dobia, B., Mooney, M., Watson, K., Power, A., Ha, M. T., Yeung, A. S., Schofield, J., McCloughan, G., & Denham, A. (2008, November). Positive behaviours for learning: Changing student behaviours for sustainable psychosocial outcomes. Paper presented in the symposium: Positive behaviour for learning: Changing student behaviours for sustainable educational outcomes in the annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Brisbane, Australia. (accepted August 2008)
    • Mooney, M., Dobia, B., Power, A., Watson, K., Barker, K., Yeung, A. S., Denham, A., McCloughan, G., & Schofield, J. (2008, November). Why positive behavior for learning: The how's and why's of translating a US model for local sustainable education. Paper presented in the symposium: Positive behaviour for learning: Changing student behaviours for sustainable educational outcomes in the annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Brisbane, Australia. (accepted July 2008)
    • Mooney, M., Watson, K., Dobia, B., Power, A., Barker, K., Ha, M. T., Yeung, A. S., McCloughan, G., Schofield, J., & Denham, A. (2008, November). Positive behaviour for learning: Local features of an adapted US model of behaviour management. Paper presented in the symposium: Positive behaviour for learning: Changing student behaviours for sustainable educational outcomes in the annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Brisbane, Australia. (accepted August 2008)
    • Power, A., Mooney, M., Barker, K., Dobia, B., Watson, K., Schofield, J., McCloughan, G., Denham, A., Yeung, A. S. (2008, November). Positive behaviour for learning: School-wide student behaviour intervention in Western Sydney. Paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference, Singapore, November 2008. (accepted July 2008)
    • Watson, K. Developing a Model of Research-based Teacher Education: Contributions from a Trans-cultural Learning Community. Presented at the Yuncheng Conference for Language and Linguistics. China, October, 2008.
    • Watson, K. Self Study: UWS Restructuring. Presented at the International Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium. Hawaii, July, 20Watson, K. Pedagogical Reform in English Language Education: The use of ICT as a response to globalization in China. Presented at the International Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium. Mexico, July, 2006.
    • Watson, K. The role of pedagogy in exposing the need for critical literacy in Maldives. Presented at the International Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium. Sydney, July, 2005.
    • Watson K. Building Communities in Science Education. Presented at the International Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium. Sydney, July, 2005.
    • Watson, K. Teacher Professional Learning and Student Teacher Education: Transferability and culture. Presented at the International Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium. Hong Kong, July, 2004.
    • Watson, K. Teacher professional learning and pre-service teacher education: Building a sustainable community. Presented at Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference, Armidale, July, 2004.
    • Watson, K. & Steele, F. Teacher Education and sustainable collaboration. Presented at Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference, Melbourne, July, 2003.
    • Watson, K. & Gregson, R. A dig at dinosaurs: Real science education or not. Presented at Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference, Melbourne, July, 2003.
    • Watson, K. & Aubusson, P. J. Quality Teaching as a Curriculum Innovation. Presented at Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference, Towwnsville, July 2002.
    • Watson, K. Packaging Quality Teaching in Curriculum Projects. Presented at the International Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium. Seoul, Korea, May, 2002.
    • What a Difference the Culture Makes. Presented at the International Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium. Christchurch, New Zealand, December, 2002.
    • Boddy, N., Watson, K. & Aubusson, P. J. A trial of the Five Es: A model for constructivist teaching and learning. Presented at Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference, Sydney, July 2001.
    • The Influence of Culture on Environmental Attitudes. Paper presented at the Australian Association of Environmental Education, Melbourne, January, 2001.
    • Hill, S. B., Wilson, S. & Watson, K. Lambert, K. L. Learning Ecology and Transformative Change in Education. Presented at the Fourth International Conference on Transformative Learning:”Multiple Currents: Expanding the Boundaries of Transformative Learning”, Toronto, Canada, November 1-4.
    • Packaging Quality Teaching as Innovative Curriculum. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education. Sydney, December, 2001.
    • Watson, K. (2000). Intercultural Understanding and Environmentalism: a phenomenographic approach. Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education 1999. Centre for Studies in Mathematics, Science and Environmental Education: Deakin University. 5, 62-67.
    • Watson, K., Steele, F., Aubusson, P. & Griffin, J. Establishing a culture of learning in an informal museum setting, Paper presented at Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference, Fremantle July, 2000.
    • Watson, K., & Aubusson, P. Enhancing Lower Secondary Science: The trial of a curriculum package combined with a professional development program. Paper presented at Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference. Darwin, July,1998.
    • Watson, K. Environmental Science: The case for cultural change. Paper presented at Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference. Adelaide, July, 1997.
    • Aubusson, P. J. & Watson, K. Curriculum Manager's perceptions of science curriculum, development and implementation in Pakistan: Springboards or Obstacles to Change. Annual Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium, May, 1996.
    • Watson, K. & Martin, A. The role of attitude in intercultural understanding: An assessment of secondary students' freehand maps. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Pacific Circle Consortium, 19-22 May, 1996.
    • Watson, K. Teacher attitudes towards teaching the Science and Technology K-6 syllabus in Western Sydney. Paper presented at Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference. Canberra, July, 1996.
    • Watson, K., & Aubusson, P. (1996). Biodiversity of Indonesia and its implications for the people of Indonesia. Two workshops for Including Studies of Asia in the Curriculum, Sydney, 14 June and 19 July, 1996.
    • Watson, K., Aubusson, P. & Webb, C. (1995). Australia's relationship with Asia and Science and Technology in an Asian context. Seminar for NPDP program: Including Studies of Asia in the Primary Curriculum, Sydney, October, 1995.
    • Watson, K. The Globalisation of Environmental Education: Some personal perceptions. Paper presented at Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference. Hobart, July, 1994.
  • Professional Affiliations

    Deans and Directors of Graduate Students
    Australasian Research Management Society
    Institute for Educational Research

  • Community Engagement

    Liaise with Sydney Archdiocese Catholic Education Office
    Liaise with Parramatta Catholic Education Office
    Liaise with NSW Board of Studies
    Liaise with Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
    Liaise with NSW Science Teachers' Association

  • Awards

    Distinguished Service Award (Editor of SEN) Science Teachers' Association of NSW
    Distinguished Service Award (NSW Young Scientist) Science Teachers' Association of NSW

  • Other

    Adjunct Professor Yuncheng University, China
    Member of NSW Premiers Science and Science Education Committee (2004-2005)
    Reviewer Journal of Science Education and Technology
    Reviewer for Issues in Educational Research
    President NSW Institute for Educational Research (IeR) (2007-2009)
    Vice President NSW Institute for Educational Research (IeR) (2010-2011)
    Member Nirimba Educational Precinct (2004-2010)
    Councillor Science Teachers’ Association of NSW (STANSW)
    Reviewer, Pacific Asian Education (Journal of the Pacific Circle Consortium).
    Reviewer, Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, Journal Institute of Teacher Education Hong Kong.
    Reviewer, Asia Pacific Education Review, the Journal of the Education Research Institute for Soul National University.
    Member Science Teachers’ Association of NSW (STANSW) Professional Development Committee.
    Member STANSW Primary Science and Technology Reference Committee.
    Key note address for Science Teachers’ Association of Western Sydney Conference.
    Member Australasian Science Education Research Association.
    Consultant for NSW Department of Education and Quality Teaching Program.
    Convener for the Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA) International Conference.
    Consultant for the NSW Board of Studies Chemistry and Earth and Environmental Science Syllabus Review.
    Reviewer, Pacific Asian Education (Journal of the Pacific Circle Consortium).
    Member NSW Board of Studies Literature Review Committee for the Science Syllabuses.
    Member NSW Board of Studies HSC Chemistry Examination Committee.
    Senior Marker for NSW Board of Studies HSC Chemistry Examination.
    Member NSW Board of Studies HSC Science for Life Examination Committee.
    Editor SEN, (Journal of the Science Teachers’ Association of NSW).
    Member Science Teachers’ Association NSW (STANSW).
    Member Australian Science Teachers’ Association (ASTA).