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Associate Professor Karen Murcia

Honorary Associate Professor

Contact Information Email: k.murcia@ecu.edu.au,
Staff Member Details
Email: k.murcia@ecu.edu.au   

 

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD, Murdoch University, 2007 .
  • Master of Education, Murdoch University, 1998 .
  • Grad.Dip.in Education(Sec.), Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1986 .
  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences, Western Australian Institute of Technology, 1985 .

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Trailblazer: A Framework for Context Aware Multimodal Learning,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2013,  2013 - 2014,  $109,392.
  • Assessing the Public Health Implications of Higher Risk Online Behaviours in Young People,  Department of Health WA,  Telethon - New Children's Hospital Research Fund,  2013 - 2015,  $227,273.
  • Students leading change to reduce sexting-related harm to young people,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Health Promotion Research Project Grant,  2013 - 2015,  $221,207.
  • Exploring Quality Primary Education in Different Cultures:A Cross National Study of Teaching and Learning in Primary Science Classrooms ,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Discovery,  2011,  $148,435.
  • Optimisation of STEM Education Support in Western Australian Schools,  Department of Commerce,  Department of Commerce - Tender,  2013,  $89,153.
  • NanoCity : Stage Two Nanotechnology Game Development,  The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education ,  DIISRTE - Grant,  2013,  $93,425.
  • Nanotechnology Online game,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012,  $102,761.
  • How do Children Learn Science with An Interactive Whiteboard?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $24,802.
  • Teachers' Implementation of AccessNano: A Case Study in Lower Secondary Science Classrooms,  The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education ,  CRC - Grant,  2010,  $9,078.
  • Enhancing Classroom Discourse in Primary Science,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $126,201.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Murcia, K., (2012), Integrating digital technologies into the contemporary science classroom. Issues and Challenges in Science Education Research: Moving Forward , 225-243, Dordrecht, DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-3980-2.

Journal Articles

  • Lowe, G., Prout, P., Murcia, K., (2013), I See, I Think I Wonder: An Evaluation of Journaling as a Critical Reflective Tool for Aiding Teachers in Challenging or Confronting Contexts. The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(6), 1-16, Perth, Western Australia, DOI: 10.14221/ajte.2013v38n6.6.
  • Hackling, M., Murcia, K., Ibrahim-Didi, K., (2013), Teacher orchestration of multimodal resources to support the construction of an explanation in a Year 4 Astronomy topic. Teaching Science, 59(1), 7-15, Deakin, ACT, Australia.
  • Brown, J., Murcia, K., Hackling, M., (2013), Slowmation: A multimodal strategy for engaging children with primary science. Teaching Science, 59(4), 14-20, Deakin: ACT.
  • Murcia, K., (2013), Secondary school students' attitudes to nanotechnology: What are the implications for science curriculum development. Teaching Science, 59(3), 15-21, Australia.
  • Masek, M., Murcia, K., Morrison, J., (2012), Getting serious with iPads: The intersection of game design and teaching principals. Australian Educational Computing, 27(2), 34-38, Frankston VIC.
  • Hackling, M., Smith, P., Murcia, K., (2011), Enhancing classroom discourse in primary science: The puppets project. Teaching Science, 57(2), 18-25, Deakin, ACT.
  • Hackling, M., Smith, P., Murcia, K., (2010), Talking science: Developing a discourse of inquiry. Teaching Science, 56(1), 17-22, Deakin, ACT, Australia.
  • Murcia, K., (2010), Multimodal representations in primary science: what's offered by interactive whiteboard technology. Teaching Science, 56(1), 23-29, Australia.
  • Murcia, K., Haigh, Y., Norris, L., (2010), Learning from community service: Engaging Australia Tanzania Young Ambassadors with Sustainability. Issues in Educational Research, 20(3), 276-293, Australia.
  • Murcia, K., Sheffield, R., (2010), Talking about science in interactive whiteboard classrooms. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26(4), 417-431, Australia.
  • Murcia, K., (2009), Science in the news: An evaluation of students' scientific literacy. Teaching Science, 55(3), 40-45, Deakin ACT.
  • Murcia, K., McKenzie, S., (2009), Finding the way: Signposts in teachers' development of effective interactive whiteboard pedagogies. Australian Educational Computing, 24(1), 23-29, Frankston VIC.
  • Murcia, K., (2009), Re-thinking the development of scientific literacy through a rope metaphor. Research in Science Education, 39(2), 215-229, Australia, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-008-9081-1.

Conference Publications

  • Masek, M., Murcia, K., Morrison, J., Newhouse, P., Hackling, M., (2012), Learning in transformational computer games: Exploring design principles for a nanotechnology game. AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, 1-12, Sydney.
  • Murcia, K., (2009), Interactive Whiteboard Pedagogies in the Primary Science Classroom. Live it! Love it! Learn it! Curriculum conference 2009, 9p., Perth, Western Australia.
  • Murcia, K., (2009), Multimodal representations of science: What affordances are offered by interactive whiteboard technology. Multimodal representations of science: What affordances are offered by interactive whiteboard technology, 78, Singapore.
  • Sheffield, R., Murcia, K., (2009), Interactive whiteboard technology: What are teachers' beliefs and concerns about discourse in their classrooms. Interactive whiteboard technology: What are teachers' beliefs and concerns about discourse in their classrooms, 1842-1869, Singapore.
  • Murcia, K., (2009), Interactive pedagogies and improved learning outcomes: Are we there yet?. Interactive pedagogies and improved learning outcomes: Are we there yet?, online, Perth.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Enhancing Teachers' Knowledge For Using Multiple Representatives In Teaching Chemistry In Nigerian Senior Secondary Schools.

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Education,  The Impact Of Student Created Slowmation On The Teaching And Learning Of Primary Science.
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