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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • STEM and STEAM Research Collaboration ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 1,  2016 - 2017,  $2,550.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Fitzgerald, M., Danaia, L., McKinnon, D., (2018), Barriers Inhibiting Inquiry-Based Science Teaching and Potential Solutions: Perceptions of Positively Inclined Early Adopters. Research in Science Education, article in press(article in press), pp. 24, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-017-9623-5.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • Fitzgerald, M., Hollow, R., Rebull, L., Danaia, L., McKinnon, D., (2014), A Review of High School Level Astronomy Student Research Projects Over the Last Two Decades. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia (PASA), 31(2014), Article e037, Cambridge University Press, PASA- Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/pasa.2014.30.
  • Crowe, K., McLeod, S., McKinnon, D., Ching, TY., (2014), Speech, sign, or multilingualism for children with hearing loss: Quantitative insights into caregivers decision making. Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 45(3), 234-247, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, DOI: 10.1044/2014_LSHSS-12-0106.
  • Crowe, K., McKinnon, D., McLeod, S., Ching, T., (2013), Multilingual children with hearing loss: Factors contributing to language use at home and in early education. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 29(1), 111-129, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/0265659012467640.
  • Danaia, L., Fitzgerald, M., McKinnon, D., (2013), Students' perceptions of high school science: What has changed over the last decade?. Research in Science Education, 43(4), 1501-1515, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-012-9318-x.

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

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Exploring The Impact Of Postgraduate Preservice Primary Science Education On Students' Self-efficacy
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