Staff profile

Dr Elizabeth Johnson

Acting Executive Dean, Associate Dean (Academic)

Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering

PS1 Building, Room 210, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

PhD (Melb), Grad Cert Higher Ed (La Trobe)

Area of study

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Brief profile

Trained in the sciences as a plant biochemist, Dr Johnson has contributed as a leader in curriculum renewal in the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering. She has been involved in developing teaching of science and improving graduate capabilities in major projects such as La Trobe University's Design for Learning and Pathways in Science.

Dr Johnson's current research projects focus on strategies for curriculum development in the sciences, quantitative literacy support mechanisms and teaching scientific inquiry. She is also active in a number of national initiatives in science and maths in higher education, including the establishment of the ACDS Teaching and Learning Centre in partnership with the Australian Council of Deans of Science. She is a member of the SaMnet leadership project, the VIBE biology discipline project and is the evaluator for the Transitions in biology project . She was co-investigator on the recent ALTC project exploring scientific inquiry skills in biosciences.

Recent publications

  • Johnson ED, Maier AG (2011) Teamwork in an honours group writing assignment, in Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, 29-30 September, Melbourne, Australia, Sharma MD, Yeung A, Jenkins T, Johnson ED, Rayner G and West J (eds), available from http://escholarship.usyd.edu.au/journals/index.php/IISME/issue/view/343
  • Sharma MD, Yeung A, Jenkins T, Johnson ED, Rayner G and West J, (2011) (eds)Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, ACSME conference, 29-30 September, Melbourne, Australia, available from http://escholarship.usyd.edu.au/journals/index.php/IISME/issue/view/343
  • Elliott, K., Boin A., Irving, H., Johnson E., and Galea V. (2010) Teaching scientific inquiry skills: a handbook for bioscience educators in Australian Universities, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Sydney, available from http://www.altc.edu.au/resources?text=scientific+inquiry and at http://www.scientificinquiry.meu.unimelb.edu.au
  • Johnson, E., Maddox, L., Quinton, J. & Burke da Silva, K. (2010). Attitudes to assessment in university Science education. In M. Devlin, J. Nagy and A. Lichtenberg (Eds.) Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education, 33 (pp. 347–357). Melbourne, 6–9 July, 2010.