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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

Code Description Percentage
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 -  Associate Professor University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia
16/07/2007 - 30/11/2007 Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Office PVC - Education and Arts
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Executive Member - Environmental Institute Environmental Institute
Australia
Member - Science Education Review Science Education Review
Australia

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2002 Curriculum Science and Technology
Organisation: Avondale College

PhD Examiner

Year Title / Rationale
2004 the 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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Palmer 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Palmer DH, 'Sources of efficacy information in an inservice program for elementary teachers', Science Education, 95 577-600 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/sce.20434
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 5
2009 Palmer DH, 'Student interest generated during an inquiry skills lesson', Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 46 147-165 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/tea.20263
Citations Scopus - 49Web of Science - 37
2008 Palmer DH, 'Practices and Innovations in Australian Science Teacher Education Programs', Research in Science Education, 38 167-188 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11165-007-9043-z
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 2
2007 Palmer DH, 'What is the best way to motivate students in science?', Teaching Science, 53 38-42 (2007) [C1]
2006 Palmer DH, 'Sources of self-efficacy in a science methods course for primary teacher education students', Research in Science Education, 36 337-353 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11165-005-9007-0
Citations Scopus - 51Web of Science - 32
2006 Palmer DH, 'Durability of changes in self-efficacy of preservice primary teachers', International Journal of Science Education, 28 655-671 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09500690500404599
Citations Scopus - 40Web of Science - 24
2005 Palmer DH, 'A Motivational View of Constructivist-informed Teaching', International Journal of Science Education, 27 1853-1881 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09500690500339654
Citations Scopus - 34Web of Science - 26
2004 Palmer 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]
DOI 10.1080/0950069032000177262
2004 Palmer DH, 'Theory into Practice: Ideas for Arousing Student Interest in Science Classes', Teaching Science, 50 51-53 (2004) [C1]
2003 Palmer DH, 'Investigating the Relationship between Refutational Text and Conceptual Change', Science Education, 87 663-684 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/sce.1056
Citations Scopus - 38Web of Science - 32
2003 Palmer DH, 'Modelling the transmission of sound', Science Scope, 26 32-34 (2003) [C1]
2003 Palmer DH, 'Narrowing student investigations', Science Scope, 27 42-44 (2003) [C1]
2002 Palmer DH, 'Preservice elementary teachers'' perceptions after visiting an interactive science centre', Networks: an online journal for Teacher Research, 5 (2002) [C1]
2001 Palmer DH, 'Factors contributing to attitude exchange amongst preservice elementary teachers', Science Education, 6 Nov.2001 122-138 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 7
2001 Palmer 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]
2001 Palmer DH, 'Students' alternative conceptions and scientifically acceptable conceptions about gravity', The International Journal of Science Education, 23 (7) 691-706 (2001) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 27Web of Science - 22
1999 Palmer DH, 'Exploring the link between students' scientific and nonscientific conceptions', Science Education, 83 (6) 639-653 (1999) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 29
1999 Palmer DH, 'Students' perceptions of high quality science teaching', Australian Science Teachers' Journal, 45 (3) 41-44 (1999) [C1]
1999 Palmer DH, 'Using dramatizations to present science concepts', Journal of College Science Teaching, 29 (3) 187-190 (1999) [C1]
1998 Palmer DH, 'Measuring contextual error in the diagnosis of alternative conceptions in science', Issues in Educational Research, 8 (1) 65-76 (1998) [C1]
1998 Palmer 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]
1998 Palmer DH, 'The use of role plays for science teaching', Teaching Review, 3 10-12 (1998) [C3]
1998 Palmer DH, 'Book Review - Convection Demonstration', The Science Teacher, 65 (6) 72, 75 (1998) [C3]
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Palmer 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 grants 20
Total funding $240,111

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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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189440
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Project Team Associate Professor Ruth Reynolds, Associate Professor David Palmer, Doctor Erica Southgate
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189462
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189188
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20073 grants / $53,374

Science and Technology on Show$50,408

Funding body: Department of Education, Science and Training

Funding body Department of Education, Science and Training
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology & Mathematics
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187104
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188265
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187769
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20052 grants / $7,666

Students' drink-driving misconceptions$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0184631
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185388
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20042 grants / $7,625

Situational interest in science classes$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183361
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0184043
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $6,000

Attitude change in science.$6,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0182480
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0181708
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body Department of Education, Training & Youth Affairs
Project Team Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Lawrance, Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Evaluations & Investigations Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
GNo G0180677
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20002 grants / $10,525

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0178812
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

CONASTA 2000 UWA, Perth$525

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2000
GNo G0180258
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19991 grants / $7,000

Students' reasoning in science.$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1999
Funding Finish 1999
GNo G0178058
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19981 grants / $648

CONASTA 47, Darwin 5-10 July 1998$648

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1998
Funding Finish 1998
GNo G0180393
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1996
Funding Finish 1996
GNo G0176312
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19951 grants / $5,000

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme Enhancement of The Research Skills Base
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175441
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor David Palmer
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1993
Funding Finish 1993
GNo G0174300
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2010 A 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

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Investigating 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
2015 Investigating 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
2014 Online 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

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

Office

Room HA87
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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