Jennifer Colley

BSc (Hons) (ANU), Grad Dip Secondary Teaching (Maths and Sci) (UC), Grad Cert Religious Ed (ACU).
PhD Researcher

Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Science (double major Chemistry) at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2010 and followed this with a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching (Science and Mathematics) from the University of Canberra (UC) in 2011 and Graduate Certificate in Religious Education in Religious Education from the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in 2013. She began teaching at a local school in 2012, with experience teaching Years 9-12 Mathematics, Year 10 Science and Years 11 and 12 Chemistry.

Through her teaching of science Jennifer developed an interest on how to better communicate the nature of science to secondary school students, in particular to students not intending to pursue their science studies into Year 11-12, so that they may become more scientifically literate citizens. This led to her undertaking Honours part-time at the ANU while continuing to teach full-time. Through her Honours research Jennifer developed a new framework to describe the nature of science and used this in analysing the K-12 science curricula of Australia as well as Finland, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the Next Generation Science Standards of the United States. She was awarded the University Medal for this research in addition to her outstanding undergraduate record. In 2016 Jennifer reduced her teaching load at school to commence her PhD full-time. This research is focused on the development of STEM skills in Australian High Schools. More details may be found on her project page. In 2017 she commenced teaching Chemistry at ANU College (the pathway provider for ANU) in addition to continuing to teach at her school part-time.