Entry for:Queensland Women in STEM Research Prize 2016
1. Summary (Provide a short plain English summary of your work, ~150 words)
Dr Linda Pfeiffer is a Lecturer and Research Fellow at CQUniversity Gladstone Marina Campus. She has a Doctor of Science Education.
As a Research Fellow, Linda works with five other universities on the OLT funded project called It's part of my life: Engaging university and community to enhance science and mathematics education which aims to improve the confidence of primary and secondary teachers by embedding enhancement and reflection modules in university education courses for pre-service teachers. Linda was a finalist for Famelab 2014 for her work on this OLT three year project.
Linda is the Course Coordinator for the Science Courses in the undergraduate and postgraduate Primary education programs at CQUniversity and won a Student Voice Award in 2015 for high student satisfaction ratings in the Teaching Science course as part of the Masters of Teaching (Primary) program.
Linda has conducted a number of STEM engagement events and has been awarded two CQUniversity Engagement Opal Awards, one for theScience Education Experience 2015 and the other as part of a team on theDigital Classroom Project in 2014. Linda was also an Opal Award Finalist for Science Week 2014.
She has worked with industry, community groups and local schools and students on these events. Dr Pfeiffer is currently working with a team on a STEM Community Education Project at CQUniversity Gladstone Marina campus which will offer a variety of science, engineering, technology and mathematics opportunities for school students and teachers including early childhood, primary and secondary as well as events for girls in STEM.
2. Description (Describe the benefit of your research to Queenslanders, ~500 words)
Dr Pfeiffer has networked and collaborated with local organisations to develop a two day professional development event that was conducted in August 2015 called the Science Education Experience which involved hands-on activities including Mangrove Drama interactive performance, Industry tours, Rio Tinto Science in the Lab, a trip to Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Reef Guardinas session, Healthy Harbour Catchment Story, Ranger Stacey guest speaker networking event and a marine debris beach clean-up.
Linda was also involved in the Digital Classroom Project conducting interviews and surveys with secondary school students and teachers in Mackay. She has planned and conducted Science Week events over the past five years and will be conducting the CQUniversity Drone Races in August 2016 as part of Science Week 2016 in collaboration with Engineers and Educators from Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton.
Linda will be running a ConocoPhillips Science Experience in Gladstone in 2016.
3. Additional Details (Short biography, list of key collaborators and summary of your track-record, ~500 words)
Linda is Editor for Universal Journal of Educational Research; CQUniversity ECR (early career research) program 2015; 21st Century Minds Educator Collaborator 2016; CQUniversity representative QSEN (Queensland STEM Education Network) committee; Member of AARE, QSTA, NSTA, ASERA, AVETRA, ASTE, ATEA.