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Richard John

Discipline Head
School of Environment and Science - Chemical Sciences
+61 (0)7 5552 8260 (Work)
G39 4.31, Gold Coast Campus

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TEACHING INTERESTS

Teaching Context: My learning and teaching in STEM education at Griffith University encompasses my undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at Griffith as well as a wide range of internal and external leadership and school/community education initiatives, at the local, state and national levels. I have taught chemistry and science courses at Griffith all levels, including: 1st year (Chemistry 1 1996-present excluding 2008 and 2017); 2nd year (Environmental Monitoring Techniques 1996-2010, Analytical Chemistry 1996-2010); 3rd year (Pollution Chemistry 1996-2010, Professional Practice in the Sciences 2016); and the MSc (Science Education) (Inquiry-based Science Education 2011-2013, The Science Behind the FUN! 2011-2013, Advances in Science and Technology 2011-13). My extended leadership roles over the last 15 years have focused my teaching, with a greater emphasis on large first year classes. Philosophical Approach: My L&T approaches are consciously informed by my five “Implications for Instruction”, adopted/adapted/refined from my experiences with: the National Science Resource Centre (Smithsonian Institute); my management of the national Science by Doing project; my own teaching experiences; and from my own professional development. The five “Implications for Instruction” draw on my “Tenets of Inquiry-based Science Education” and place the student at the centre of the learning experience. Specifically, this approach recognises the importance of: student prior knowledge and current understandings; depth over breadth; higher order thinking; cooperative and collaborative learning; and assessment for learning. Learning experiences are therefore designed and coherently sequenced so that: 1) I use student prior knowledge and current thinking to drive learning; 2) I revisit concepts several times providing opportunities for multiple and multi-modal representations of scientific concepts and student understanding of these concepts; 3) I foster students to become aware of and regulate their own learning (metacognition); 4) I encourage students to work cooperatively and collaboratively with their peers; 5) I include assessment strategies that contribute to the learning process, rather than simply assess what has been learnt (assessment for learning vs. assessment of learning). Scholarly L&T Outputs – Published Books/Papers/Curriculum Resources Year Title Comment 2019 Pearson Chemistry Queensland 12 (July 2019) IBSN: 9781488619564 Invited author for two chapters 2018 Pearson Chemistry Queensland 11 (Oct 2011) IBSN: 9781488685750 Invited author for two chapters 2018 Millie the Mathematician Early Reader Series (24 titles available in print, video, online and interactive books) IBSN (set): 978-0-6484080-8-6 I was the creator, co-author (with two others) and project lead. 2017 Suzie the Science Early Reader Series (24 titles available in print, video, online and interactive books) IBSN (set): 978-0-648-2243-0-3 I was the creator, co-author (with three others) and project lead. 2016 Chemistry Companion Solutions Manual, ISBN Sole Author 2011 Chemistry Companion (Jan 2011) 317 pp ISBN 9780987061232 Sole Author 2008 Make your water mark: Watersaver education program, published by Gold Coast City Council, 2008, 291 pp ISBN Team of authors led by me 2008 Rock Paper Scissors, Aust Academy of Science, 2008 155pp ISBN 085847 256-2 Team of authors led by me 2008 Moving Together, Aust Academy of Science, 2008 149 p ISBN 085847 257-0 Team of authors led by me 1999 Determination of anionic surfactants using AAS and ASV. R. John, D. Lord. J. Chem. Ed. 1999; 76 (9) 1256 J Chem Ed paper from a third year student project Scholarly L&T Outputs – Other L&T Outputs: Government reports and non-refereed publications (selection only) Since 2006 several dozen reports have been provided to various education authorities summarising outcomes of programs Year Title % 2019 Final Report: 2019 Academic Bootcamps. Report for the Qld Department of Education, Gold Coast Principal’s Alliance and Griffith University. July 2019 8 pp. Sally McPhee, Jason van der Merwe, Richard John 33 2019 Final Report: Senior Biology Biostats Professional Learning Program. Report for the Qld Department of Education, June 2019. 15 pp Sally McPhee, Michael Arthur, Richard John 25 2018 Final Report: Australian Maths and Science Partnership Program for the Australian Department of Education 65 pp March 2018. Kay Lembo and Richard John 50 2015 Griffith Sciences L&T Staff Survey 2015 – outcomes and future directions 100 2014 Griffith Sciences Learning and Teaching Quality Guidelines for the Annual Academic Staff Review and Plan Process May 2014 16 pp Richard John and Steve Drew 75 2010-2012 Science Spark Reporting: 2010-2012 Queensland Govt. Science Strategy. Multiple reports (>30) from multiple authors to the Queensland Department of Education and Training 15 2010 Quality Teaching STEM – Higher Education Working Group: Submission of behalf of Griffith to the DET and the Office of the Chief Scientist April 2010 10 pp Sue Berners-Price Richard John and Glenn Finger 50 2010 Qld STEM Institute Proposal: Submission to the Department of Education and Training and the Office of the Chief Scientist Oct 2010 12 pp Richard John and Sue Berners-Price 75 2008 PIER Framework for Teachers Professional Development in Science: Professional Learning Resource for deliverers of science PD. Richard John, Louise Maddock and Randall Hall 50 2007 Teachers Guide to Scientific Notebooking: Professional Learning Resource prepared for teachers of science 2007 16 pp Richard John 100 2009 Science by Doing Final Report: Report for the Australian Academy of Science, the federal DEEWR, CSIRO, and the Australian Science Teachers Association of Australia March 2009 60 pp Richard John 100 2009 Inquiry Based Science Education Professional Learning Program: Report for the Department of Education and Training, Education Queensland and Griffith University Nov 2009 40 pp. Richard John and Louise Maddock 50 2009 Gold Coast Water “Make Your Watermark” Professional Learning Program: Report for the DET, Education Queensland and Griffith University Jun 2009 12 pp. Richard John and Randall Hall 50 2008 Inquiry Based Science Education Professional Learning Program, Pilot Program: Report for the DET, Education Queensland and Griffith University Dec 2008 18 pp. Richard John and Louise Maddock 50 2006-2009 Southern Science Centre for Innovation and Professional Practice (SCIPP) Spark Reporting: 2006-2009 Queensland Govt. Science Strategy. Multiple reports (not otherwise noted in this table) (>15) from multiple authors to the Queensland Department of Education and Training 33 Funding for L&T Initiatives from Nationally Competitive Grant Schemes Year Project Title and Granting Agency $$ CI’s (in order) My % 2015-18 Qld STEM Education Network funded by the federal Australian Maths an Science Partnership Program $2.89 million Richard John, Peter Adams, John Bartlett, Mary Kelly,Shaun Belward 75 2013-15 A framework for building teacher capacity and student achievement in STEM within school-university partnerships. Funded by the OLT $220K Jenny Mosse, Richard John, Andrew Skourdoumbis, Terry Lyons 15% (Hosted by Monash) Year Activity / Funding Organisation (for brevity, only amounts of $50K or above are shown) Amount 2005 Griffith Science Education Partnership / Spotlight on Science Program, Qld Govt. DET $140K 2006 SoTG Van purchase / private philanthropic donation (matched by Griffith) $50K# 2006-09 Southern SCIPP / 2006-2009 Qld Govt. Science Strategy, Qld Govt. DET $540K* 2007-09 Primary Connections roll-out / Australian Govt. Quality Teacher Program (South East Region) $294K* 2007-08 Watersaver curriculum resources / Gold Coast Water, Gold Coast City Council $130K 2010-12 Science Sparks Program (including 16 FTE staff) /2010-2012 Qld Govt. Science Strategy, Qld DET $2.6 million * 2012-17 Science on the GO! Endowment / private philanthropic donation $150K# 2015-18 Qld STEM Education Network / Aust. Maths and Science Partnership Program, Australian DET $2.89 million 2018-19 Suzie the Scientist and Millie the Mathematician early reader series / philanthropic donation $50K# Total $6.84 million * Funds were allocated to Science on the GO! by the Regional Manager (Qld DET) to carry out these regional programs. # $250K in philanthropic donations received to date to support an annual student/teacher prize and other initiatives.

TEACHING ACTIVITIES

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COMPLETED GRIFFITH DOCTORAL SUPERVISION
Activated Sludge Bioassays for Rapid Biochemical Oxygen Demand (Mark Andrew Jordan)
2008 - 2015
Associate Supervisor
COMPLETED GRIFFITH DOCTORAL SUPERVISION
Development of New Characterisation Methods to Study the Photocatalysis Processes at NanoParticulate TiO2 Film Electrodes (William Yongtao Wen)
2003 - 2011
Associate Supervisor
COMPLETED GRIFFITH DOCTORAL SUPERVISION
Ferricyanide Mediated Microbial Respiration - Application to the Analysis of Waters and Waste Waters (Calvin John Gladman)
2003 - 2011
Principal Supervisor
COMPLETED GRIFFITH DOCTORAL SUPERVISION
Development of New Binding Phases for Speciation Measurements of Trace Metals with the Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films Technique (Weijia Li)
2002 - 2003
Associate Supervisor
COMPLETED GRIFFITH DOCTORAL SUPERVISION
Optimisation of the Biocatalytic Component in a Ferricyanide Mediated Approach to Rapid Biochemical Oxygen Demand Analysis (Kristy Louis Morris)
2001 - 2005
Principal Supervisor
COMPLETED GRIFFITH DOCTORAL SUPERVISION
Studies of Photocatalytic Processes at Nanoporous TiO2 Film Electrodes by Photoelectrochemical Techniques and Development of a Novel Methodology for Rapid Determination of Chemical Oxygen Demand (Dianlu Jiang)
2000 - 2004
Principal Supervisor
COMPLETED GRIFFITH DOCTORAL SUPERVISION
Development and Applications of a Generic Electrochemical Biosensing System (Shanqing Zhang)
1998 - 2002
Associate Supervisor