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Biography

Mitch O'Toole has worked in science education at all levels since 1978. This has included fifteen years in universities in Australia and the People's Republic of China and thirteen years as science co-ordinator in various schools. These schools ranged across the age (K-12, 7-10 and 7-12) and system spectra (catholic systemic, catholic independent and independent systems). He has also worked as language across the curriculum co-ordinator in a state high school.Mitch's major research interest, communication in science contexts, has arisen directly from this diverse background and continues to inform his practice as he prepares science teachers at this university.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of New South Wales, 14/10/1997
  • Bachelor of Science (Education), University of New South Wales
  • Master of Education, University of New South Wales

Research

Research keywords

  • science education

Research expertise

Language across the curriculum & Science education

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130212Science, Technology And Engineering Curriculum And Pedagogy40
080699Information Systems Not Elsewhere Classified30
130399Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified30

Appointments

Consultant
Catholic Education Office (Australia)
01/01/2000
Consultant
Department of Education and Training (Australia)
01/01/2000
Consultant
Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) (Australia)
01/01/2006
Consultant
NIH (USA) (United States)
01/01/2006
Consultant
Australian Quality Teaching Program (AQTP) (Australia)
01/01/2006

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • science education

Teaching expertise

Science Education

Assessment and Evaluation

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001O'Toole JM, 'Judging science knowledge through complex communication tasks: Changing assessment patterns in NSW, Australia', Global processes, local impacts : the effects of globalization in the Pacific-Asia region : session proceedings, Guam, USA (2001) [E2]
2004O'Toole JM, 'What is Difficult to Read, Why Might This be So, and What Could, or Should, be Done About It?: An Overview of Section Two', Missing the Meaning The Development and Use of Print and Nonprint Text Materials in Diverse School Settings, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 162-178 (2004) [B1]
2004O'Toole JM, O'Toole G, 'Specialist language style and supposedly adept monolingual science students', International Journal of Learning, 9 1201-1214 (2004) [C1]

Co-authors: Gjyn OToole

2003O'Toole JM, Absalom DJ, 'The Impact of Blended Learning on Student Outcomes: is there room on the horse for two?', Learning, Media & Technology, Vol 28 178-189 (2003) [C1]
2005Pearson SG, Honeywood SJ, O'Toole JM, 'Not yet learning for sustainability: the challenge of environmental education in a university', International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 14 173-186 (2005) [C1]
2006O'Toole JM, 'The place of science in Christian schools', Engaging the culture : Christians at work in education, National Institute for Christian Education, Penrith, New South Wales 207-224 (2006) [B1]
2008O'Toole JM, Schefter M, 'Patterns of student difficulty with science text in undergraduate biology courses', The International Journal of Learning, 15 133-148 (2008) [C1]

Publications

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012O'Toole JM, Burke RJ, Absalom DJ, Language, Literacies and Learning: A First Introduction, Boraga Academic, Seven Hills, NSW, 172 (2012) [A2]

Co-authors: Rachel Burke

2011O'Toole JM, Laugesen R, Developing specialist language styles: Research and application, Boraga Academic, Seven Hills, NSW, 163 (2011) [A1]
2005O'Toole JM, Teaching Secondary School Science, Five Senses Education, Seven Hills, NSW, 548 (2005) [A2]

Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012O'Toole JM, 'What is science?', Connecting with Science Education, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, VIC 87-110 (2012) [B2]
2006O'Toole JM, 'The place of science in Christian schools', Engaging the culture : Christians at work in education, National Institute for Christian Education, Penrith, New South Wales 207-224 (2006) [B1]
2004O'Toole JM, 'What is Difficult to Read, Why Might This be So, and What Could, or Should, be Done About It?: An Overview of Section Two', Missing the Meaning The Development and Use of Print and Nonprint Text Materials in Diverse School Settings, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 162-178 (2004) [B1]

Journal article (28 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Aminian G, O'Toole JM, Mehraban AH, 'Undergraduate prosthetics and orthotics teaching methods: A baseline for international comparison.', Prosthet Orthot Int, (2014)
2013Ma AKF, O'Toole JM, 'The perspectives of major stakeholders on video enriched problem-based learning for Chinese teacher education', Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 29 901-915 (2013) [C1]
2013Khoboli B, Kibirige I, O'Toole JM, 'Teacher Responses to Policy Implementation Seen through a Creative Lens: Learner-centred teaching in Lesotho science classes', African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 17 152-161 (2013) [C1]
2013Zangmo D, O'Toole M, Burke RJ, 'Alignment and Implementation: Process Writing Approach in Bhutan', The Journal for ESL Teachers and Learners, II 75-81 (2013) [C1]

Co-authors: Rachel Burke

2013O¿Toole JM, ' A Review of ¿The High Quality Teacher: What Is Teacher Quality and How Do We Measure It?¿', The Journal of Educational Research, 106 332-333 (2013) [C3]
2013Matthews J, O'Toole JM, 'Investigating an innovative computer application to improve L2 word recognition from speech', Computer Assisted Language Learning, (2013)
2012Khoboli B, O'Toole JM, 'The concerns-based adoption model: Teachers' participation in action research', Systemic Practice and Action Research, 25 137-148 (2012) [C1]
2011O'Toole JM, King RA, 'The deceptive mean: Conceptual scoring of cloze entries differentially advantages more able readers', Language Testing, 28 127-144 (2011) [C1]
2011O'Toole JM, 'Religion, politics, science and bureaucracy: An Australian science curriculum', Journal of Christian Education, 54 19-33 (2011) [C1]
2011Khoboli B, O'Toole JM, 'Learner-centred science in Lesotho : Adapting the ideal to adjust classroom practice', African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 15 80-91 (2011) [C1]
2011Aminian G, O'Toole JM, 'Undergraduate prosthetics and orthotics programme objectives: A baseline for international comparison and curricular development', Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 35 445-450 (2011) [C1]
2011O'Toole JM, 'An Introduction to Qualitative Research Synthesis: Managing the Information Explosion in Social Science Research', JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, 104 72-72 (2011) [C3]
2011O'Toole JM, 'A Review of 'An Introduction to Qualitative Research Synthesis: Managing the Information Explosion in Social Science Research'', The Journal of Educational Research, 104 72 (2011) [C3]
2010O'Toole JM, King RA, 'A matter of significance: Can sampling error invalidate cloze estimates of text readability?', Language Assessment Quarterly, 7 303-316 (2010) [C1]
2010O'Toole JM, King RA, 'Reading by the numbers: Reconsidering numerical estimates of reading difficulty', The International Journal of Learning, 17 181-194 (2010) [C1]

Co-authors: Robert King

2009Kusmawan U, O'Toole JM, Reynolds RM, Bourke SF, 'Beliefs, attitudes, intentions and locality: The impact of different teaching approaches on the ecological affinity of Indonesian secondary school students', International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 18 157-169 (2009) [C1]
2009O'Toole JM, 'Secrets to Success for Science Teachers', JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, 103 66-67 (2009) [C3]
2008O'Toole JM, Schefter M, 'Patterns of student difficulty with science text in undergraduate biology courses', The International Journal of Learning, 15 133-148 (2008) [C1]
2008Ma AKF, O'Toole JM, Keppell M, 'An investigation of student teachers' attitudes to the use of media triggered problem based learning', Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 24 311-325 (2008) [C1]
2007Kusmawan U, Reynolds RM, O'Toole JM, 'Developing action competence in environmental education: An Indonesian case study', The Social Educator, 25 1-7 (2007) [C1]

Co-authors: Ruth Reynolds

2007Kit Fong AM, O'Toole JM, Keppell M, 'The attitudes of teacher educators to the use of problem based learning: The video triggers approach', ASCILITE 2007 - The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, 603-610 (2007)
2005Pearson SG, Honeywood SJ, O'Toole JM, 'Not yet learning for sustainability: the challenge of environmental education in a university', International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 14 173-186 (2005) [C1]
2005O'Toole JM, 'Weak in the head or soft on the scriptures: Science (in general), evolution (in particular) & Christian schools', The Christian Teacher's Journal, 13 20-24 (2005) [C2]
2004O'Toole JM, Absalom DJ, 'Language variation in established contexts', International Journal of Learning, 9 639-651 (2004) [C1]
2004O'Toole JM, O'Toole G, 'Specialist language style and supposedly adept monolingual science students', International Journal of Learning, 9 1201-1214 (2004) [C1]

Co-authors: Gjyn OToole

2003O'Toole JM, Absalom DJ, 'The Impact of Blended Learning on Student Outcomes: is there room on the horse for two?', Learning, Media & Technology, Vol 28 178-189 (2003) [C1]
2002O'Toole MJ, 'Monday Morning: Ethical Issues in Secondary School Classrooms', International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 11 85-89 (2002) [C1]
2002O'Toole JM, 'Forum: An ecological approach to environmental ethics', International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 11 48-53 (2002)
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Conference (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Edge KR, Reynolds RM, O'Toole JM, ''Typical HSIE pedagogy' - Quality Teaching in NSW HSIE Classrooms', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E1]

Co-authors: Ruth Reynolds

2009O'Toole JM, Xioxiang L, 'Approaching specialist styles of English in Chinese universities', IAACS 2009, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (2009) [E3]
2008O'Toole JM, 'Making connections: Helping young people to gain access to specialist writing', 1st Pan African TVET and FET Conference: Value of Work in Social Change and Education: Papers and Presentations, Cape Town, SA (2008) [E2]
2007Kusmawan U, Reynolds RM, O'Toole JM, 'Environmental beliefs and attitudes: An analysis on ecological affinity among the secondary science students in Indonesia', Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education 2006 Annual Conference, Adelaide (2007) [E2]

Co-authors: Ruth Reynolds

2007O'Toole JM, 'Undergraduate student difficulties with science text: a view from the North Pacific', Learning Conference 2007: 14th International Conference on Learning. Abstracts, Johannesburg, South Africa (2007) [E3]
2005O'Toole JM, 'Grading Scheme Format Effects in Standards - Referenced Assessment Contexts', The First International Conference on Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Assessment, Hong Kong (2005) [E3]
2004Pearson S, Honeywood S, O'Toole JM, 'Not learning for sustainability - the challenge of environmental education in a university', Concurrent Paper Session, Sydney (2004) [E2]
2001O'Toole JM, 'Judging science knowledge through complex communication tasks: Changing assessment patterns in NSW, Australia', Global processes, local impacts : the effects of globalization in the Pacific-Asia region : session proceedings, Guam, USA (2001) [E2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$32,437

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2007 (1 grants)

14th International Conference on Learning, Johnnesburg, South Africa, 26/6/2007 - 29/6/2007$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Mitchell O'Toole
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020072007
GNo:G0187747

2005 (2 grants)

Dealing with jumps in numerical data to produce a new and powerful quantitative indicator for readability in science text$7,537
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Mitchell O'Toole, Doctor Robert King
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,53720052005
GNo:G0184700

The First International Conference on Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Assessment, 13-15 June 2005$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Mitchell O'Toole
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020052005
GNo:G0185400

2004 (1 grants)

Production of a computer-based tool for diagnosis of student language difficulties and the suggestion of appropriate stylistic development strategies$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Mitchell O'Toole
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020042004
GNo:G0183537

2003 (1 grants)

Development of a research-based illuminative test of the language of science$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Mitchell O'Toole
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020032003
GNo:G0182364

2002 (1 grants)

The Learning Conference Beijing, 16-20 July, 2002$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Mitchell O'Toole
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020022002
GNo:G0181982

2001 (1 grants)

The Analysis of Student Errors within Scientific English$4,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Mitchell O'Toole
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,00020012001
GNo:G0181667
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions12
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL4.65

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
20142018PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorTeacher's Intention to Use Technology in Mathematics Class in Saudi Arabia High Schools
20122016PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorScience Literacy and Language in High School Physics in Saudi Arabia
20122016PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Application of Communicative Language Teaching Approach within English as Foreign Language Context
20122016PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorHow can a cooperative, culurally inclusive development process influence online content delivered to remote communities
20112015PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Technical and Vocational Education and Training System in Botswana - an Evaluation
20112015PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Impact of Disaggregating Concept and Specialist Language on Content Learning and Academic Identity Formation: An Instructional Approach for English Language Learners in Content-Rich Subjects
20112015PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Effect of Using Online Discussion Forums in Blended Learning Courses at Saudi Universities
20112016PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorAn analysis of Scientific Language Constructs, Demands and Implication for Student Performance
20102017PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Literacy Load of Science
20102016PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorDeveloping ESL Student's Second Language Word Recognition From Aural Input: Testing a Computer Mediated Learning Model
20092017PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorDeveloping a Philosophy of Psychiatry Education for the Psychiatry of Old Age
20062015PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorUsing ICT to Teach the Modern Concept of the Gene

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Humanities)Co-SupervisorAdolescent Females' Assessment of and Learning Gains from Researcher Developed Mouse Genetics Multimedia Simulation (MouseGen): A Mixed Methods Analysis
2014PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Process Writing Approach in Bhutan: A Case of Cross-National Policy Borrowing
2013PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorThe Influence of Literature on the Pro-Environmental Attitudes of Environmental Educators
2012PhD (Education)Co-Supervisor'Playing It Safe' Quality Teaching in Expert Teacher Classrooms
2010PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorComparative Study of Curricula for Prosthetics and Orthotics Education Programs
2009PhD (Education)Principal SupervisorExceptional Teachers: A Case Study That Emphasises Dispositions When Differentiating Between Teachers
2007PhD (Education)Co-SupervisorAn Analysis of Student Environmental Attitudes and Their Impact on Promoting Sustainable Environmental Citizenship: A Multi-Site Study in Indonesian Secondary Schools
2005M Sc (Aviation & Tech) [R]Co-SupervisorThe effectiveness of using aerospace themes to motivate students in the science classroom
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Dr John (Mitchell) O'Toole

Work Phone(02) 4921 6647
Fax(02) 4921 7887
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
HA74a,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/mitch-otoole
Linkhttp://www.newcastle.edu.au/school-old/education/otoolemitch/index.html