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Associate Professor David Palmer

Associate Professor

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

I have a BSc (Hons) from the ANU, and PhD from LaTrobe University. I have taught for many years in schools and have been involved in teacher education since 1992. I have taught science education for many years and have written five science resource books for teachers.

Research Expertise

Science education, particularly primary science and technology.



Qualifications

  • PhD, La Trobe University
  • Bachelor of Science, La Trobe University
  • Diploma in Education, Charles Sturt University

Keywords

  • Curriculum
  • Pedagogy
  • Science education

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130299Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Associate ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
16/07/2007 - 30/11/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
Office PVC - Education and Arts
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
Executive Member - Environmental InstituteEnvironmental Institute
Australia
Member - Science Education ReviewScience Education Review
Australia

Invitations

Participant

YearTitle / Rationale
2002Curriculum Science and Technology
Organisation: Avondale College

PhD Examiner

YearTitle / Rationale
2004the effectiveness of the predict-observe-explain technique
Organisation: Curtin University of Technology
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Palmer DH, 'Constructivist-informed classroom teaching: The importance and potential of motivation research', Science Education Issues and Development, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge 201-222 (2008) [B1]

Journal article (23 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Palmer DH, 'Sources of efficacy information in an inservice program for elementary teachers', Science Education, 95 577-600 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1002/sce.20434
CitationsScopus - 10Web of Science - 5
2009Palmer DH, 'Student interest generated during an inquiry skills lesson', Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 46 147-165 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1002/tea.20263
CitationsScopus - 49Web of Science - 37
2008Palmer DH, 'Practices and Innovations in Australian Science Teacher Education Programs', Research in Science Education, 38 167-188 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s11165-007-9043-z
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 2
2007Palmer DH, 'What is the best way to motivate students in science?', Teaching Science, 53 38-42 (2007) [C1]
2006Palmer DH, 'Sources of self-efficacy in a science methods course for primary teacher education students', Research in Science Education, 36 337-353 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s11165-005-9007-0
CitationsScopus - 51Web of Science - 32
2006Palmer DH, 'Durability of changes in self-efficacy of preservice primary teachers', International Journal of Science Education, 28 655-671 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.1080/09500690500404599
CitationsScopus - 40Web of Science - 24
2005Palmer DH, 'A Motivational View of Constructivist-informed Teaching', International Journal of Science Education, 27 1853-1881 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1080/09500690500339654
CitationsScopus - 34Web of Science - 26
2004Palmer DH, 'Situational Interest and the Attitudes Towards Science of Primary Teacher Education Students. Research Report', International Journal of Science Education, 26 895-908 (2004) [C1]
DOI10.1080/0950069032000177262
2004Palmer DH, 'Theory into Practice: Ideas for Arousing Student Interest in Science Classes', Teaching Science, 50 51-53 (2004) [C1]
2003Palmer DH, 'Investigating the Relationship between Refutational Text and Conceptual Change', Science Education, 87 663-684 (2003) [C1]
DOI10.1002/sce.1056
CitationsScopus - 38Web of Science - 32
2003Palmer DH, 'Modelling the transmission of sound', Science Scope, 26 32-34 (2003) [C1]
2003Palmer DH, 'Narrowing student investigations', Science Scope, 27 42-44 (2003) [C1]
2002Palmer DH, 'Preservice elementary teachers'' perceptions after visiting an interactive science centre', Networks: an online journal for Teacher Research, 5 (2002) [C1]
2001Palmer DH, 'Factors contributing to attitude exchange amongst preservice elementary teachers', Science Education, 6 Nov.2001 122-138 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 33Web of Science - 7
2001Palmer DH, 'Investigating the relationship between students' multiple conceptions of action and reaction in cases of static equilibrium', Research in Science & Technological Education, 19 (2) 193-204 (2001) [C1]
2001Palmer DH, 'Students' alternative conceptions and scientifically acceptable conceptions about gravity', The International Journal of Science Education, 23 (7) 691-706 (2001) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 27Web of Science - 22
1999Palmer DH, 'Exploring the link between students' scientific and nonscientific conceptions', Science Education, 83 (6) 639-653 (1999) [C1]
CitationsWeb of Science - 29
1999Palmer DH, 'Students' perceptions of high quality science teaching', Australian Science Teachers' Journal, 45 (3) 41-44 (1999) [C1]
1999Palmer DH, 'Using dramatizations to present science concepts', Journal of College Science Teaching, 29 (3) 187-190 (1999) [C1]
1998Palmer DH, 'Measuring contextual error in the diagnosis of alternative conceptions in science', Issues in Educational Research, 8 (1) 65-76 (1998) [C1]
1998Palmer DH, 'Modification of a teaching strategy during is implementation in the science classroom', Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, XX1 (2) 68-77 (1998) [C1]
1998Palmer DH, 'The use of role plays for science teaching', Teaching Review, 3 10-12 (1998) [C3]
1998Palmer DH, 'Book Review - Convection Demonstration', The Science Teacher, 65 (6) 72, 75 (1998) [C3]
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Conference (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Palmer DH, 'Durability of changes in self-efficacy amongst primary teacher education students', Teacher Educators at Work: What Works and Where is the Evidence? Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference, Sunshine Coast, QLD (2008) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants20
Total funding$240,111

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20091 grants / $1,700

Association for Science Education anuual Conference, University of Reading, 8/1/2009 - 10/1/2009$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0189440
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20082 grants / $57,488

Comparative analysis of two contrasting approaches to professional experience$56,063

Funding body: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Funding bodyDepartment of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Project TeamAssociate Professor Ruth Reynolds, Associate Professor David Palmer, Doctor Erica Southgate
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189462
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

Australian Teacher Education Association, Novotel Twin Water, Sunshine Coast, 8/7/2008 - 11/7/2008$1,425

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189188
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20073 grants / $53,374

Science and Technology on Show$50,408

Funding body: Department of Education, Science and Training

Funding bodyDepartment of Education, Science and Training
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeAustralian School Innovation in Science, Technology & Mathematics
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187104
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

Hawii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, 5/1/2008 - 8/1/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0188265
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

ASERA 07 (Aust Science Education Research Assoc), Freeemantle, 11/7/2007 - 14/7/2007$1,266

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187769
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20052 grants / $7,666

Students' drink-driving misconceptions$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0184631
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Australasian Science Education Research Association, 6-9 July 2005$666

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185388
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20042 grants / $7,625

Situational interest in science classes$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0183361
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

ASERA 2004, the Annual Conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association, 7-10 July 2004$625

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0184043
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20031 grants / $6,000

Attitude change in science.$6,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0182480
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20021 grants / $820

Annual Conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association 2002 Queensland, July 11-14, 2002$820

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181708
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20011 grants / $77,055

Proposal for a study on the preparation of teachers to teach science, maths and technology.$77,055

Funding body: Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs

Funding bodyDepartment of Education, Training & Youth Affairs
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Geoffrey Lawrance, Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeEvaluations & Investigations Program
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2001
Funding Finish2001
GNoG0180677
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20002 grants / $10,525

The remediation of students' misconceptions in science$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0178812
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

CONASTA 2000 UWA, Perth$525

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2000
GNoG0180258
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19991 grants / $7,000

Students' reasoning in science.$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish1999
GNoG0178058
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19981 grants / $648

CONASTA 47, Darwin 5-10 July 1998$648

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1998
Funding Finish1998
GNoG0180393
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19961 grants / $210

CONASTA 45 Annual Conference of the Australian Science Teachers' Association - Canberra - 7-12/7/96$210

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1996
Funding Finish1996
GNoG0176312
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19951 grants / $5,000

Primary school students conception of selected science topics$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeEnhancement of The Research Skills Base
RoleLead
Funding Start1995
Funding Finish1995
GNoG0175441
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19931 grants / $5,000

Factors affecting the ability of students to consistenly generalise a misconception in physics.$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamAssociate Professor David Palmer
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1993
Funding Finish1993
GNoG0174300
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2010A History of Scientific Literacy as a Goal of Primary School Science in Australia
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Investigating the Role of Situational Interest in Developing Individual Interest in Science and Self-Efficacy to Teach Science in Preservice Primary Teachers
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2015Investigating the Role of Situational Interest in Developing Individual Interest in Science and Self-Efficacy to Teach Science in Preservice Primary Teachers
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2014Online Instruction in Saudi Arabian Universities: Attitudes and Satisfaction Towards E-Learning Systems
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Associate Professor David Palmer

Position

Associate Professor
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Emaildavid.palmer@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5715
Fax(02) 4921 7887

Office

RoomHA87
BuildingHunter Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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