Engineering Education Pathways in Tasmania: New Collaborative Place-Based, Mission Critical, and Action-Oriented Strategies

Closing Date

31st December 2021*

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

This Ph.D. research will focus on obtaining an improved understanding of how best to design much clearer and more exciting Engineering education pathways in Tasmania. This research project will seek to:

  • Identify current ways in which Tasmanian middle-, high-, and senior secondary-school students may recognize possible existing educational pathways leading up to tertiary Engineering studies;
  • Characterize any existing conflicting messages (or misconceptions present) along those pathways that may discourage Tasmanian students from further exploring their potential interest in secondary or tertiary Engineering studies;
  • Jointly build with Tasmanian career counsellors, guardians and parents, principals, students, and teachers a suite of comprehensive, holistic, and inclusive perspectives on what future Engineering careers may entail;
  • Jointly design with Tasmanian Engineering academics and practitioners a suite of state-of-the-art field-tested tools so that they are better able to engage with their primary and secondary school counterparts;
  • Actively encourage multi-sector and multi-stakeholder collaborative involvement in the design, implementation, and evaluation of place-based mission-critical action-oriented strategies that lead to much clearer and more exciting Engineering education pathways in Tasmania; and
  • Embed the latest inclusion, diversity and equity research in the re-engineering of the education pathways that are the focus of this Ph.D. level work.
  • The applicant should have several publications indexed in the Web of Science (WoS)
  • Citations of these publications as recorded by the WoS would provide the applicant with additional merit points in this competitive process
  • WoS publications by the applicant as a first author will tend to attract extra merit points

Please check the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the supervisor, Dr Bernardo Leon de la Barra.

Information and guidance on the application process can be found here.

To submit an application for this project, click here.