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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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, La Trobe University, 07/05/1982
  • Bachelor of Science, La Trobe University
  • Diploma in Education, Charles Sturt University

Research

Research keywords

  • Curriculum
  • Pedagogy
  • Science education

Research expertise

Science education, particularly primary science and technology

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130200Curriculum And Pedagogy100

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • executive member - Environmental Institute

Editorial Board.

  • Science Education Review

Invitations

Curriculum Science and Technology
Avondale College, Australia (External reviewer: course review)
2002
the effectiveness of the predict-observe-explain technique
Curtin University of Technology, Australia (PHD Examiner.)
2004
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001Palmer DH, 'Factors contributing to attitude exchange amongst preservice elementary teachers', Science Education, 6 Nov.2001 122-138 (2001) [C1]
2003Palmer DH, 'Investigating the Relationship between Refutational Text and Conceptual Change', Science Education, 87 663-684 (2003) [C1]
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]
2005Palmer DH, 'A Motivational View of Constructivist-informed Teaching', International Journal of Science Education, 27 1853-1881 (2005) [C1]

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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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]
2009Palmer DH, 'Student interest generated during an inquiry skills lesson', Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 46 147-165 (2009) [C1]
2008Palmer DH, 'Practices and Innovations in Australian Science Teacher Education Programs', Research in Science Education, 38 167-188 (2008) [C1]
2007Palmer DH, 'What is the best way to motivate students in science?', Teaching Science, 53 38-42 (2007) [C1]
2006Palmer DH, 'Durability of changes in self-efficacy of preservice primary teachers', International Journal of Science Education, 28 655-671 (2006) [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]
2005Palmer DH, 'A Motivational View of Constructivist-informed Teaching', International Journal of Science Education, 27 1853-1881 (2005) [C1]
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]
2004Palmer DH, 'Theory into Practice: Ideas for Arousing Student Interest in Science Classes', Teaching Science, 50 51-53 (2004) [C1]
2003Palmer DH, 'Narrowing student investigations', Science Scope, 27 42-44 (2003) [C1]
2003Palmer DH, 'Modelling the transmission of sound', Science Scope, 26 32-34 (2003) [C1]
2003Palmer DH, 'Investigating the Relationship between Refutational Text and Conceptual Change', Science Education, 87 663-684 (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]
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]
1999Palmer DH, 'Exploring the link between students' scientific and nonscientific conceptions', Science Education, 83 (6) 639-653 (1999) [C1]
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, 'Book Review - Convection Demonstration', The Science Teacher, 65 (6) 72, 75 (1998) [C3]
1998Palmer DH, 'The use of role plays for science teaching', Teaching Review, 3 10-12 (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

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2009 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020092009
GNo:G0189440

2008 (2 grants)

Comparative analysis of two contrasting approaches to professional experience$56,063
Funding Body: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Project Team
Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds, Associate Professor David Palmer, Doctor Erica Southgate
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$56,06320082008
GNo:G0189462

Australian Teacher Education Association, Novotel Twin Water, Sunshine Coast, 8/7/2008 - 11/7/2008$1,425
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,42520082008
GNo:G0189188

2007 (3 grants)

Science and Technology on Show$50,408
Funding Body: Department of Education, Science and Training

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology & MathematicsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$50,40820072007
GNo:G0187104

Hawii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, 5/1/2008 - 8/1/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020072007
GNo:G0188265

ASERA 07 (Aust Science Education Research Assoc), Freeemantle, 11/7/2007 - 14/7/2007$1,266
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,26620072007
GNo:G0187769

2005 (2 grants)

Students' drink-driving misconceptions$7,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,00020052005
GNo:G0184631

Australasian Science Education Research Association, 6-9 July 2005$666
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$66620052005
GNo:G0185388

2004 (2 grants)

Situational interest in science classes$7,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,00020042004
GNo:G0183361

ASERA 2004, the Annual Conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association, 7-10 July 2004$625
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$62520042004
GNo:G0184043

2003 (1 grants)

Attitude change in science.$6,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020032003
GNo:G0182480

2002 (1 grants)

Annual Conference of the Australasian Science Education Research Association 2002 Queensland, July 11-14, 2002$820
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$82020022002
GNo:G0181708

2001 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Lawrance, Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Evaluations & Investigations ProgramInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$77,05520012001
GNo:G0180677

2000 (2 grants)

The remediation of students' misconceptions in science$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020002000
GNo:G0178812

CONASTA 2000 UWA, Perth$525
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$52520002000
GNo:G0180258

1999 (1 grants)

Students' reasoning in science.$7,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,00019991999
GNo:G0178058

1998 (1 grants)

CONASTA 47, Darwin 5-10 July 1998$648
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$64819981998
GNo:G0180393

1996 (1 grants)

CONASTA 45 Annual Conference of the Australian Science Teachers' Association - Canberra - 7-12/7/96$210
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$21019961996
GNo:G0176312

1995 (1 grants)

Primary school students conception of selected science topics$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
Enhancement of The Research Skills BaseChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00019951995
GNo:G0175441

1993 (1 grants)

Factors affecting the ability of students to consistenly generalise a misconception in physics.$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Associate Professor David Palmer
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00019931993
GNo:G0174300
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.25

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20082016PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorInvestigating the Relationship Between Situational Interest and Individual Interest

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorOnline Instruction in Saudi Arabian Universities: Attitudes and Satisfaction Towards E-Learning Systems
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Associate Professor David Palmer

Work Phone(02) 4921 5715
Fax(02) 4921 7887
Email
PositionAssociate Professor
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
HA87,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/david-palmer
Linkhttp://www.newcastle.edu.au/school-old/education/palmerdavid/index.html