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Dr Michael Fitzgerald

Senior Research Fellow

Contact Information Mobile: +61431480007, Email:, Campus: Joondalup,
Staff Member Details
Mobile: +61431480007
Campus: Joondalup  



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University, 2015.
  • Master of Education, Monash University, 2010.
  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science, Monash University, 2006.
  • Bachelor of Science, Monash University, 2005.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 2005.


Recent Research Grants

  • Do teacher research experiences affect student outcomes in science?,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award,  2018 - 2021,  $661,349.
  • 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.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Salimpour, S., Bartlett, S., Fitzgerald, M., McKinnon, D., Cutts, R., James, R., Miller, S., Danaia, L., Hollow, RP., Cabezon, S., Faye, M., Tomita, A., Max, C., De Korte, M., Baudouin, C., Birkenbauma, D., Kallery, M., Anjos, S., Wu, Q., Chu, H., Slater, E., Ortiz-Gil, A., (2020), The gateway science: A review of astronomy in the OECD school curricula, including China and South Africa. Research in Science Education, Advance online publication(N/A), 1-22, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-020-09922-0.
  • Morris, J., Slater, E., Fitzgerald, M., Lummis, G., Van Etten, E., (2019), Using local rural knowledge to enhance STEM learning for gifted and talented students in Australia. Research in Science Education, article in press(article in press), 1-19, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-019-9823-2.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rebull, L., French, DA., Laurence, W., Roberts, T., Fitzgerald, M., Gorjian, V., Squires, G., (2018), Major outcomes of an authentic astronomy research experience professional development program: An analysis of 8 years of data from a teacher research program. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 14(2), Article no.020102, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.14.020102.
  • Rebull, L., Roberts, T., Laurence, W., Fitzgerald, M., French, D., Gorjian, V., Squires, G., (2018), Motivations of educators for participating in an authentic astronomy research experience professional development program. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 14(1), 010148, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.14.010148.
  • Gomez, E., Fitzgerald, M., (2017), Robotic telescopes in education. Astronomical Review, 13(1), 28-68, Anoka, USA, The Astronomical Review, DOI: 10.1080/21672857.2017.1303264.
  • 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), 445-460, Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02635143.2017.1344959.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • Douchin, D., De Marco, O., Frew, D., Jacoby, GH., Jasniewicz, G., Fitzgerald, M., Passy, J., Harmer, D., Hillwig, T., Moe, M., (2015), The binary fraction of planetary nebula central stars – II. A larger sample and improved technique for the infrared excess search. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 448(4), 3132-3155, United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stu2700.

Conference Publications

  • 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.
  • Salimpour, S., Bartlett, S., Fitzgerald, M., Cutts, R., James, CR., Miller, S., Danaia, L., Cabezon, S., Faye, M., Baudouin, C., Birkenbauma, D., Anjos, S., Wu, Q., Slater, E., (2018), Robotic Telescopes and Student Research in the School Curriculum around the OECD countries., 33-40.
  • Fitzgerald, M., (2018), The Our Solar Siblings Pipeline: Tackling the data issues of the scaling problem for robotic telescope based astronomy education projects., 347-358.
  • Fitzgerald, M., Cutts, R., Salimpour, S., Slater, S., (2018), A Brief Overview of Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Research in the English Literature., 19p..
  • Rebull, L., Fitzgerald, M., Roberts, T., French, D., Laurence, W., Gorjian, V., Squires, G., (2018), The NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP)., 171-187.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: An Evaluation of Secondary School Students’ Learning Experiences with Astronomy-based Physics Outreach Activities
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