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Welcome to SiMERR WA

SiMERR Australia was a priority project of the Federal Government, funded from 2005 - 2008 by an establishment grant from the Department of Transport and Regional Services. The mission of SiMERR Australia is to provide a national forum for addressing issues relating to the key areas of science, ICT and mathematics education, particularly as they concern rural and regional communities. Through a combination of strategic research, network building and practical support, SiMERR Australia aims to identify the needs of geographically and professionally isolated teachers, and enhance their efforts to assist students to realise their academic potential in these subject areas.

A team of Curtin academics won - upon competitive application - the opportunity to lead the Western Australian Hub of this centre. These collective Hubs worked together with the SiMERR National Centre in establishing links with teachers, education providers and relevant professional and community organisations within their own state or territory, and in identifying research opportunities and priorities.

While funding from the Federal Government ceased in June 2008, SiMERR National and the state hubs continue to carry out valuable research in this important area. SiMERR WA welcomes any comments or enquiries in this regard.

SiMERR WA Hub Team

  • Dr Sandra Frid (Hub Coordinator)
  • Associate Professor Len Sparrow
  • Professor Sue Trinidad
  • Professor David Treagust

The Hub Team draws upon the substantial expertise in research and teacher professional development available at Curtin University in Mathematics, Science, and ICT Education through the School of Education, located in the Faculty of Humanities; and the Science and Mathematics Education Centre (SMEC), located in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.


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