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Dr Daniel Southam

Dr Daniel Southam Dr Daniel Southam

BAppScHons(Tas), PhD(Tas), MRACI, CChem

Position Senior Lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Science
Department Department of Chemistry
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 500.2117
Phone 08 9266 2380
Fax 08 9266 2300
Email D.Southam@curtin.edu.au
ORCID orcid.org/0000-0001-8384-2964

Brief Summary

Director of Teaching and Learning

Memberships, Awards and Training

Memberships

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Teaching

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Research Fields

Education

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Research Interests

Chemistry Education is my area of research interest.  My broad aim is to improve students’ perceptions of chemistry and to develop capacity for real change in the depth of their understanding and enjoyment of Chemistry.  To achieve these aims we must be able to measure aspects of interest using tools that perform within accepted standards, under defined conditions and in the local context.  My research interests fall into three broad categories:

Active learning in large lecture theatres.  

Strategies, such as POGIL, have been implemented at Curtin by placing emphasis on student-centred learning activities, in small groups, in the lecture theatre.  You can view a case study:

COFA: Learning to teach online case study

There remains a number of outstanding questions about our implementation.  We are examining the key issue of student motivation and whether aspects of what a student needs versus what the instructor does can influence their attitude toward Chemistry, both in and out of POGIL classes.  We are also interested in examining an  individual’s value of collaborative tasks.  A significant shift toward collectivist approaches to learning, such as POGIL, may alter what a student values because they feel group work does not contribute to their individual learning.  Students may then adopt strategic approaches to learning that negate the intended benefits of teamwork.

Learning in the laboratory

Good laboratory programs that lead to student engagement and motivation are viewed as an essential component of a science course, however not all experiences achieve the intended outcomes.  Here we wish to evaluate and develop tools to explore student understanding of key skills and attributes of a practicing experimentalist by examining existing tools and developing new ways of assessing the skills embedded within a laboratory program.

Interdisciplinary education

A recent explosion of interdisciplinary courses, such as Forensic Science and Nanotechnology, pose particular challenges.  These areas have a unique place in popular culture, and we have a diverse range of students who opt to study it at a tertiary level, potentially without an understanding of the underlying cross-disciplinary nature.  This area of research aims to relate this diversity of attitudes and expectations and link it with a student’s discipline-specific cognitive and logical ability.  

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Publications

2017

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2016

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2015

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2013

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2012

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2006

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2004

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Additional publication categories

2016

Books (Research) - Other

  • Blackman, A., C. Thompson, A. Bridgeman, G. Lawrie, D. C. Southam, and N. Williamson.. Chemistry : core concepts. Milton, Queensland: John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd. In press.

Book Chapters - Other

2013

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2010

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

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