Ron has served in variety of roles on the management committee of the China Education Centre, Australia, since 1998. In his early career, he worked as a science teacher and then as science master at a state high school after which he was seconded to Sydney Teachers College, where he lectured in chemistry and science education.
Ron's association with the college continued as it became part of Sydney College of Advanced Education and was later incorporated into the University of Sydney as the Faculty of Education. He was director of secondary science programs for the faculty during its early years when he also held a variety of consultative roles including chief examiner for the HSC general science examination and senior examiner in HSC chemistry.
Ron has research interests in:
- school chemistry curriculum design and development
- legal, safety and health issues in science teaching
- preparation of chemistry texts for secondary school students.
Ron attributes his interest in China to a period in 1995 and 1996 when he led and acted as consultant in secondary science education for a technical assistance project in for Qinghai Province that was funded by the Asian Development Bank. The major objectives of the project were to upgrade the quality of 5000 middle school teachers mainly from ethnic minority areas, and to develop the capacity of the province to plan and implement large-scale teacher in-service training programs.
As a follow on from this project, Ron coordinated a study tour in Australia for teacher educators, secondary science teachers and educational administrators from Qinghai Province and Beijing.