George Aranda is the president of the Victorian chapter of the Australian Science Communicators. He does work in field of Science Communication, teaching the subject to science and education students at Deakin University.
He is keen to explore how blogs and narrative can be used to get scientists to communicate science more effectively.
George has worked in Science Education since 2011 as a Research Fellow and Tutor at Deakin University. He has the opportunity to work on a range of projects, including some Australian Research Council projects:
EQUALPRIME – Exploring quality primary education in different cultures: a cross-national study of teaching and learning
Summary: This project uses video studies of primary science classrooms in Australia, Taiwan, and Germany to explore teaching and learning practices, situated in diverse cultures, which provide opportunities for quality reasoning and learning in science. The findings will inform primary science teacher education to improve student achievement.
CRISP – Creating Representations in Science Pedagogy
Summary: This is an Australian Research Council funded project which is investigating the quality of science learning occurring through a representation-construction pedagogy, supported by students’ use of digital technologies, and new approaches to assessment and teacher professional learning. The pedagogy involves students generating, negotiating and evaluating multimodal representations as resources for reasoning and learning relating to the key dimensions of the Australian Science curriculum. It will investigate re-framing assessment around students’ developing representational capabilities to support and monitor student learning. School based action-learning teams in NSW and Victoria will extend and refine the pedagogy to inform curriculum policy aimed at student engagement with science.
iSTELR – Developing digital pedagogies in inquiry science through a cloud-based teaching and learning environment
Summary: This project will extend innovative, cloud-based teacher planning software in order to develop effective strategies for using digital resources in inquiry science. This project will work with a number of schools to investigate the development of an inquiry based digital pedagogy, and a professional learning approach utilising cloud-based, digital resources.
SLRC – Science of Learning Research Centre
Summary: Special Research Initiatives are established to address specific research priorities and/or to build capacity in strategically important areas. A key initiative recommended by the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council Expert Working Group’s report, Transforming Learning and Transmission of Knowledge (2009), the Science of Learning Research Centre is a new initiative under the ARC’s Special Research Initiatives scheme to establish a national collaborative centre to investigate the complex issues of the learning process. The centre will bring together education professionals and high quality researchers in areas ranging from neuroscience and cognitive development through to pedagogy and educational technology. The research undertaken through the centre will aim to identify new teaching practices that are based on solid scientific evidence. [From ARC Website: http://www.arc.gov.au/ncgp/sri/slrc_selrpt.htm%5D
3D Printing in Education – Pozible Campaign – http://www.pozible.com/3dthefuture
At the moment George is conducting a Pozible, which will finish on December 5, 2014. He is trying to raise money to put 3D printers into Primary Schools in Victoria. He wants to do research looking at developing lesson plans for the science curriculum, so that teachers can come to terms with this technology and teach their students more effectively. He’ll keep you posted on the results!
George’s interests include how narrative can be used to communicate science. He runs the Big Ideas Book Club with Kirsty Jones in Melbourne at Embiggen Books, which has met monthly since 2012. His enthusiasm led him to start a blog called Science Book a Day where he has featured a book every day since June 1st, 2013. There he features books and interviews the authors, illustrators and editors of these books. Recently, he has teamed up with other sci-book enthusiasts from around the world for Literally Science to celebrate science books in many different ways.
George is a keen writer, starting to accumulate a portfolio of writing in:
– Top five science reads of 2013
– Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books: who will win?
– Top five science reads of 2014
– 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books: the finalists reviewed
– Five fascinating science books to read
– CSIRO Helix
– On JOY 94.9’s Is Nothing Sacred – 3rd September 2014
– The Laborastory – 2nd November 2014
– Science on Top Podcast – 13th November 2014
– Geelong Advertiser – 14th November 2014
– Whitehorse Leader – 15th November 2014
– 3CR Radio – Lost in Space – 27th November 2014
– ABC Central West NSW – 8th July 2015
– 3RRR on the ‘Breakfasters’ – 15th + 22nd July 2015
– The Laborastory, National Science Week Edition – August 19, 2015
George is someone who enjoys chatting to people about what they do, how they do it and why they do it. He’s conducted interviews with comedians, artists and over 250 science authors, illustrators and editors.