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Professor David McKinnon


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney, 1996.
  • Master of Education, The University of Sydney, 1985.
  • Diploma in Education, Mitchell College of Advanced Education, 1981.


Recent Research Grants

  • Cultural Responsivity: An ARC Indigenous Discovery Grant,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2017 - 2018,  $17,920.
  • STEM and STEAM Research Collaboration ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 1,  2016 - 2017,  $2,550.
  • Thinking about Visual Arts: Exploring student engagement and assessment in responding to artworks and artists,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $23,000.
  • Alice Springs - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Strategic Plan and STEAM capacity building,  Northern Territory Government Department of Education,  Tender,  2016 - 2017,  $69,753.
  • Towards ensuring a STEM workforce: Engaging industry to inspire and foster real‐world STEM teacher learning,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2016 - 2017,  $136,805.
  • Educational pilot accommodating rehabilitation of WA Pilbara,  Koodaideri Contracting Services Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2015 - 2016,  $104,715.
  • Opening Real Science: Authentic Mathematics and Science Education for Australia,  Office for Learning and Teaching,  OLT - Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Programme,  2013 - 2016,  $110,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Fitzgerald, M., Danaia, L., McKinnon, D., (2019), Barriers Inhibiting Inquiry-Based Science Teaching and Potential Solutions: Perceptions of Positively Inclined Early Adopters. Research in Science Education, 49(2), 543-566, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-017-9623-5.
  • Chubko, N., Morris, J., McKinnon, D., Slater, E., Lummis, G., (2019), SOLO taxonomy as EFL students' disciplinary literacy evaluation tool in technology-enhanced integrated astronomy course. Language Testing in Asia, 9(19), 1-14, DOI: 10.1186/s40468-019-0095-6.
  • Chubko, N., Morris, J., McKinnon, D., Slater, E., Lummis, G., (2019), Engaging adolescent Kyrgyzstani EFL students in digital storytelling projects about astronomy. Issues in Educational Research, 29(4), 1107-1130.
  • Deehan, J., Danaia, L., McKinnon, D., (2018), From students to teachers: Investigating the science teaching efficacy beliefs and experiences of graduate primary teachers. Research in Science Education, Online(N/A), 1-32, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-018-9716-9.
  • Bartlett, S., Fitzgerald, M., McKinnon, D., Danaia, L., Lazendic-Galloway, J., (2018), Astronomy And Science Student Attitudes (ASSA): A Short Review And Validation Of A New Instrument. Journal of Astronomy and Earth Sciences Education, 5(1), 1-22.
  • Slater, E., Morris, J., McKinnon, D., (2018), Astronomy alternative conceptions in pre-adolescent students in Western Australia. International Journal of Science Education, 40(17), 2158-2180, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2018.1522014.
  • Morris, J., Lummis, G., McKinnon, D., Heyworth, J., (2017), Measuring preservice teacher self-efficacy in music and visual arts: Validation of an amended science teacher efficacy belief instrument. Teaching and Teacher Education, 64(January 2017), 1-11, Oxford, United Kingdom, Pergamon Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2017.01.014.
  • Deehan, J., Danaia, L., McKinnon, D., (2017), A longitudinal investigation of the science teaching efficacy beliefs and science experiences of a cohort of preservice elementary teachers. International Journal of Science Education, 39(18), 2548-2573, Abingdon, UK, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2017.1393706.
  • McKinnon, D., Danaia, L., Deehan, J., (2017), The design of preservice primary teacher education science subjects: The emergence of an interactive educational design model. Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 4(1), 1-23, Colorado, USA, The Clute Institute.
  • Danaia, L., Fitzgerald, M., McKinnon, D., (2017), Ideal pictures and actual perspectives of junior secondary school science: comparisons drawn from Australian students in an astronomy education programme. Research in Science and Technological Education, 35(4), 445-60, Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02635143.2017.1344959.
  • Townsend, A., McKinnon, D., Fitzgerald, M., Morris, J., Lummis, G., (2016), Educative curricula and PCK development driven by STEM professional learning in rural and remote schools: A longitudinal type IV case study. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 24(4), 1-17, Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.
  • Slater, S., Tatge, C., Bretones, P., Slater, T., Schleigh, S., McKinnon, D., Heyer, I., (2016), iSTAR first light: Characterizing astronomy education research dissertations in the iSTAR database. Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education, 3(2), 125-140.
  • Ruddell, N., Danaia, L., McKinnon, D., (2016), Indigenous sky stories: Reframing how we introduce primary school students to astronomy — a type II case study of implementation. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 45(2), 170-180, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/jie.2016.21.
  • Fitzgerald, M., McKinnon, D., Danaia, L., Deehan, J., (2016), A large-scale inquiry-based astronomy intervention project: Impact on students' content knowledge performance and views of their high school science classroom. Research in Science Education, 46(6), 901-916, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-015-9486-6.
  • Lazendic-Galloway, J., Fitzgerald, M., McKinnon, D., (2016), Implementing a studio-based flipped classroom in a first year astronomy course. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 24(5), 35-47, Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education.
  • Crowe, K., McLeod, S., McKinnon, D., Ching, TY., (2015), Attitudes toward the capabilities of deaf and hard of hearing adults: Insights from the parents of deaf and hard of hearing children. American Annals of the Deaf, 160(1), 24-35, United States, Gallaudet University Press, DOI: 10.1353/aad.2015.0013.
  • Fitzgerald, M., Inwood, L., McKinnon, D., Dias, WS., Sacchi, M., Scott, B., Zolinski, M., Danaia, L., Edwards, R., (2015), Photometric and proper motion study of the neglected open cluster NGC 2215. The Astronomical Journal, 149(6), Article 190, Madison, Wisconsin, United States, Institute of Physics Publishing, Inc., DOI: 10.1088/0004-6256/149/6/190.
  • Fitzgerald, M., McKinnon, D., Danaia, L., (2015), Inquiry-based educational design for large-scale high school astronomy projects using real telescopes. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 24(6), 747-760, Netherlands, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s10956-015-9560-x.

Conference Publications

  • McKinnon, D., (2018), The Charles Sturt University Remote Telescope Project. Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Conference, 1(18/6/2017-21/6/2017), 105-118, San Diego, California, DOI: 10.32374/rtsre.2017.010.
  • Fitzgerald, M., McKinnon, D., Danaia, L., Cutts, R., Salimpour, S., Sacchi, M., (2018), Our Solar Siblings: A high school focused robotic telescope-based astronomy education project., 221-235.
  • McKinnon, D., (2018), Some philosophical musings on the RTSRE conference. Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Conference, 343-352, San Diego, California, DOI: 10.32374/rtsre.2017.036.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Constructivist pedagogies and traditional distance education: A case study of facilitating on-line delivery to senior, rural, distance education economics students
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Educative curricula and improving the science pck of teachers in middle school settings in rural and remote Australia
  • A study of the communicative behaviours of students with severe intellectual disability
  • The effects of constructivist teaching and LOGO on the science beliefs of junior high school students
  • The integration of students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Student's experiences, perceptions and performance in junior secondary science: An intervention study involving astronomy and a remote telescope
  • The effect of advising learners of their progress towards mastery on the educational outcomes of computer-based instruction
  • The social dimension of online delivery and computer mediated communication in higher education

Co-principal Supervisor

  • The developmental history of children with hearing impairment
  • Developing understandings of social justice and equal human worth: An intervention study within pre-service teacher education

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Education,  Factors enabling a successful transition to boarding school for Australian Aboriginal students
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Exploring the impact of postgraduate preservice primary science education on students' self-efficacy
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