Dr Christine Preston

BSc(Macquarie), DipEd(Macquarie), PhD(Sydney), MA(Educ)(Macquarie)
Lecturer, Primary Curriculum Studies
Associate Director Professional Experience (Primary)
Lecturer Science Education
Lecturer Early Childhood Science

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 93516282
Fax +61 2 93512606

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Biographical details

Christine Preston has a unique teaching background having taught science in NSW schools at both the secondary and primary level. She has experience as a science teacher education lecturer in early childhood, primary and secondary science. Since 2004 Christine has continued to teach kindergarten science in a Sydney school to maintain current field experience.

Christine is currently lecturing in: primary science K-6; early childhood science and Professional Experiences (primary).

Her current research interests are primary children’s interpretation of scientific diagrams, teaching science using toys, educating children about the marine environment, early childhood science and teaching in higher education.

Christine completed her PhD in 2012 titled: Science Diagrams: Their effects on primary students' conceptual understanding.

Research interests

Research on teaching and learning

  • Mathematics and science
  • Teacher education and professional learning
  • Early childhood education

Keywords: children's interpretation of science diagrams, K-12 science, early childhood science, primary curriculum, marine education, professional experience

Associations

  • Editorial Advisory Committee, Teaching Science,Journal of the Australian Science Teachers Association

  • MESA (Marine Education Society of Australasia), Secretary-treasurer

Awards and honours

  • Quality Teaching Award 2001, NSW Minister for Education and Training and the Australian College of Educators (NSW Chapter)

  • Excellence in Teaching Award 2007, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney

  • Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Vocation of Teaching 1996, Rotary Club of Sydney

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Preston, C., Jane, B., Crawford, G. (2012). Our planet Earth. In Keith Skamp (Eds.), Teaching Primary Science Constructively (4th edition), (pp. 447-496). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.
  • Preston, C., Crawford, G. (2012). Weather and our environment. In Keith Skamp (Eds.), Teaching Primary Science Constructively (4th edition), (pp. 497-547). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.
  • Preston, C., Crwaford, G. (2008). Weather and Our Environment. In Craig MacKenzie (Eds.), Teaching Primary Science Constructively, (pp. 430-478). South melbourne: Nelson Australia. Pty. Ltd.
  • Preston, C., Van Rooy, W. (2007). Planning to Teach Primary Science. In Dawson, V., Venville, G (Eds.), The Art of teaching Primary Science, (pp. 87-107). Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin.
  • Preston, C. (2006). Case Study 6 - Easier Said Than Done. In M Arthur-Kelly; G Lyons; N Butterfield; C Gordon (Eds.), Classroom Management: Creating Positive Learning Environments, (pp. 245-247). South Melbourne: Thomson (Learning Australia).

Journals

  • Preston, C. (2010). MESA: Supporting teaching and learning about the marine environment - primary science focus. Teaching Science, 56(4), 45-51.
  • Preston, C., Mowbray, L. (2008). Use of SMART Boards for teaching, learning and assessment in kindergarten science. Teaching Science, 54(2), 50-53.
  • Preston, C. (2007). Meet the Scientist: Heather Patterson. Teaching Science, 53(2), 50-51.
  • Preston, C., Mules, M., Baker, D., Frost, K. (2007). Teaching primary science constructively: Experiences of pre-service teachers at Macquarie University. Part 2. Teaching Science, 53(2), 32-35.
  • Preston, C., Gray, A., Fullerton, C., Riley, J. (2006). Teaching primary science constructively: Experiences of pre-service teachers at Macquarie University. Teaching Science, 52(4), 12-16.

Conferences

  • Simpson, A., Preston, C. (2008). Developing scientific literacies for the primary school classroom: Disciplined by Knowledge. Disciplinarity, Knowledge and Language Symposium, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Preston, C., Nolde, R. (2007). An evaluation of the effectiveness of a tertiary science and technology curriculum unit from the perspective of preservice primary education Students. ISSOTL The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, sydney.

2012

  • Preston, C., Jane, B., Crawford, G. (2012). Our planet Earth. In Keith Skamp (Eds.), Teaching Primary Science Constructively (4th edition), (pp. 447-496). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.
  • Preston, C., Crawford, G. (2012). Weather and our environment. In Keith Skamp (Eds.), Teaching Primary Science Constructively (4th edition), (pp. 497-547). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.

2010

  • Preston, C. (2010). MESA: Supporting teaching and learning about the marine environment - primary science focus. Teaching Science, 56(4), 45-51.

2008

  • Simpson, A., Preston, C. (2008). Developing scientific literacies for the primary school classroom: Disciplined by Knowledge. Disciplinarity, Knowledge and Language Symposium, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Preston, C., Mowbray, L. (2008). Use of SMART Boards for teaching, learning and assessment in kindergarten science. Teaching Science, 54(2), 50-53.
  • Preston, C., Crwaford, G. (2008). Weather and Our Environment. In Craig MacKenzie (Eds.), Teaching Primary Science Constructively, (pp. 430-478). South melbourne: Nelson Australia. Pty. Ltd.

2007

  • Preston, C., Nolde, R. (2007). An evaluation of the effectiveness of a tertiary science and technology curriculum unit from the perspective of preservice primary education Students. ISSOTL The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4th Annual Conference, sydney.
  • Preston, C. (2007). Meet the Scientist: Heather Patterson. Teaching Science, 53(2), 50-51.
  • Preston, C., Van Rooy, W. (2007). Planning to Teach Primary Science. In Dawson, V., Venville, G (Eds.), The Art of teaching Primary Science, (pp. 87-107). Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin.
  • Preston, C., Mules, M., Baker, D., Frost, K. (2007). Teaching primary science constructively: Experiences of pre-service teachers at Macquarie University. Part 2. Teaching Science, 53(2), 32-35.

2006

  • Preston, C. (2006). Case Study 6 - Easier Said Than Done. In M Arthur-Kelly; G Lyons; N Butterfield; C Gordon (Eds.), Classroom Management: Creating Positive Learning Environments, (pp. 245-247). South Melbourne: Thomson (Learning Australia).
  • Preston, C., Gray, A., Fullerton, C., Riley, J. (2006). Teaching primary science constructively: Experiences of pre-service teachers at Macquarie University. Teaching Science, 52(4), 12-16.

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