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Nielsen, Wendy S. Dr

Associate Professor

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • School of Education
  • Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Impact (CHERII), Faculty of Social Sciences (Research Group) 2017 -

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Associate Professor Wendy Nielsen is a science educator with research interests in science teaching and learning, in particular, how educational technology can be used to support student learning and teachers teaching about science. Grounded in sociocultural theories of learning and multimodalities as means to produce and represent understanding, Dr Nielsen leads an ARC Discovery Project called “The Quality of Learning as Students Create Digital Explanations of Science”. The study is examining tertiary science learners’ production of these media products as artefacts of learning but also the pedagogy behind how instructors use this in assessing science learning. Further examinations will consider how creating a digital explanation helps these students develop communications knowledge and skill.

     

    Other research interests include supervising teacher knowledge, preservice and in-service teacher education, doctoral pedagogy and mathematics education. Dr Nielsen has supervised HDR and Honours students in a range of areas including science teaching and learning, mathematics pedagogy in preservice teacher education, conceptual knowledge development, educational leadership, professional learning for teachers and environmental education.

     

    Dr Nielsen has authored or co-authored over 50 journal publications and book chapters, including one edited book. As of April, 2018, her Google Scholar profile listed more than 825 citations and an h-index of 14, her SCOPUS h-index is 9, and her Web of Science h-index is 8. She completed masters and doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia and was a high school science and mathematics teacher in British Columbia and California prior to graduate studies. She has been a Faculty member at the University of Wollongong since 2009.

     

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • science education
    nature of science
    complexity in education
    environmental education
    supervising teachers
    preservice teacher education
    inservice teacher education
    professional learning
    doctoral education
    curriculum and pedagogy
    curriculum theory

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy An exploratory study of teachers’ enactment of food and nutrition education in Australian primary schools Gorman, Emma
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring semiosis in Australian tertiary students representation of science within a systemic functional linguistics framework Turney, Annette
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Investigating the Impact of Mandatory Accreditation on New South Wales Teachers' Lives and Work Hsu, Ching-Wen
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Integrating social communication in higher education: A case study on the use of Twitter in a Saudi Arabian university Alaraj, Saleh
    Master of Philosophy -SOC Practical Implementation of Motivational Strategies Wilson, Thalia
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) How Secondary Mathematics Teachers Plan for and Assess the Working Mathematically Syllabus Outcomes Ratkovic, Daniela
    Doctor of Philosophy Fractions speak louder than words:Investigating preservice primary teachers’ knowledge and understanding for teaching fractions with representations Thurtell, Elise
    Doctor of Philosophy Proposal for a social cognitive investigation into teamwork and teacher self-efficacy for teaching religious education Elliott, Gregory

Full Name


  • Wendy S Nielsen

Mailing Address


  • School of Education

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • F-2827-2013

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Associate Professor Wendy Nielsen is a science educator with research interests in science teaching and learning, in particular, how educational technology can be used to support student learning and teachers teaching about science. Grounded in sociocultural theories of learning and multimodalities as means to produce and represent understanding, Dr Nielsen leads an ARC Discovery Project called “The Quality of Learning as Students Create Digital Explanations of Science”. The study is examining tertiary science learners’ production of these media products as artefacts of learning but also the pedagogy behind how instructors use this in assessing science learning. Further examinations will consider how creating a digital explanation helps these students develop communications knowledge and skill.

     

    Other research interests include supervising teacher knowledge, preservice and in-service teacher education, doctoral pedagogy and mathematics education. Dr Nielsen has supervised HDR and Honours students in a range of areas including science teaching and learning, mathematics pedagogy in preservice teacher education, conceptual knowledge development, educational leadership, professional learning for teachers and environmental education.

     

    Dr Nielsen has authored or co-authored over 50 journal publications and book chapters, including one edited book. As of April, 2018, her Google Scholar profile listed more than 825 citations and an h-index of 14, her SCOPUS h-index is 9, and her Web of Science h-index is 8. She completed masters and doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia and was a high school science and mathematics teacher in British Columbia and California prior to graduate studies. She has been a Faculty member at the University of Wollongong since 2009.

     

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • science education
    nature of science
    complexity in education
    environmental education
    supervising teachers
    preservice teacher education
    inservice teacher education
    professional learning
    doctoral education
    curriculum and pedagogy
    curriculum theory

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy An exploratory study of teachers’ enactment of food and nutrition education in Australian primary schools Gorman, Emma
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring semiosis in Australian tertiary students representation of science within a systemic functional linguistics framework Turney, Annette
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Investigating the Impact of Mandatory Accreditation on New South Wales Teachers' Lives and Work Hsu, Ching-Wen
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Integrating social communication in higher education: A case study on the use of Twitter in a Saudi Arabian university Alaraj, Saleh
    Master of Philosophy -SOC Practical Implementation of Motivational Strategies Wilson, Thalia
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) How Secondary Mathematics Teachers Plan for and Assess the Working Mathematically Syllabus Outcomes Ratkovic, Daniela
    Doctor of Philosophy Fractions speak louder than words:Investigating preservice primary teachers’ knowledge and understanding for teaching fractions with representations Thurtell, Elise
    Doctor of Philosophy Proposal for a social cognitive investigation into teamwork and teacher self-efficacy for teaching religious education Elliott, Gregory

Full Name


  • Wendy S Nielsen

Mailing Address


  • School of Education

    University of Wollongong

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • F-2827-2013

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