Position

Strategic Professor
Flinders Centre for Sc Edu in the 21st Century

Biography

Martin is the inaugural Director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century that supports quality teaching and innovation in science and mathematics education. After completing his degree and PhD at Cambridge University, Martin moved to Oxford University as a Research Fellow in biological chemistry. A winding career path through the biotech industry and a number of science innovation and science education organisations returned him to Oxford University in 2005 as the Deputy Director of the Institute for the Future of the Mind.

Qualifications

BA (Hons) (Cantab.)
PhD (Cantab.)

Honours, awards and grants

Martin has won a number of awards for engaging non‐scientists with science including, in 1999, being named by The Times newspaper as the Scientist of the New Century.

Key responsibilities

Director, Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century

Teaching interests

Martin is part of the team behind the new specialisation BSc(Science Policy and Communication) and the forthcoming MSc(Science Policy and Communication).

Research expertise

  • Cognitive psychology and educational practice
  • Cognitive science
  • Education systems
  • Neurosciences
  • Other education

Research interests

ARC Strategic Research Initiative: Science of Learning Research Centre (Chief Investigator)

Evidence informed education policy and practice

  • The effective "translation" of research evidence into decision making and practice in education
  • Innovation informed and suggested by emerging research evidence
Educational neuroscience "the science of learning"
  • Role of cognitive neuroscience in education and the translation into policy and practice
  • Special interest in executive function and  "stop-and-think" cognitive skills
Innovation and authentic improvement (particularly in science and mathematics education)
  • Australian Curriculum implementation - honouring the strategic intent of AC: curriculum implementation and pedagogy
  • Use of technology in education, especially technology as an agent for learning relationships and electronic assessment
  • collaborative approaches in innovation and improvement from early years to higher education

Supervisory interests

  • Cognitive psychology and educational practice
  • Computers in education, teaching and self education
  • Curriculum in general and in higher education
  • Early childhood education
  • Education
  • Education policy
  • Education, computers in
  • Education, literacy
  • Education, mathematics
  • Education, numeracy
  • Education, physics
  • Education, primary
  • Education, science
  • Education, teaching and learning in higher
  • Educational assessment
  • Mathematics education
  • Numeracy education
  • Professional education
  • Public education in neuroscience and science communication
  • Science education

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : translational educational neuroscience (2) ;

Publications

  • Panizzon, D., Westwell, M.S. and Elliott, K. (2014). Securing STEM Pathways for Australian High School Students from Low-SES Localities: Science and Mathematics Academy at Flinders (SMAF) In Julia V. Clark, ed. Closing the Achievement Gap from an International Perspective. Netherlands: Springer, pp. 285-306.
    [10.1007/978-94-007-4357-1] [10.1007/978-94-007-4357-1_14] [Scopus]
  • Panizzon, D., Ward, M. and Westwell, M.S. (2013). Transforming Education by Contextualizing Professional Learning for Teachers: A Case in Science and Mathematics in Australia. In RA DeVillar, B Jiang & J Cummins, ed. Transforming Education: Global Perspectives, Experiences, and Implications. New York, USA: Peter Lang, pp. 65-86.
    [Web Link]
  • Westwell, M.S. and Panizzon, D. (2012). Becoming explorers of our world: the purpose of science education. In R. Gregson, ed. Connecting with science education. Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press, pp. 2-20.
  • Westwell, M.S. (2016). Supporting Brain Development. Deakin West, ACT: --Other (not in list)--.
  • Westwell, M.S. (2013). When the educational neuroscience meets the Australian Curriculum: A strategic approach to teaching and learning. In How the Brain Learns: What lessons are there for teaching? Camberwell, Victoria: Australian Council for Educational Research. How the Brain Learns: What lessons are there for teaching? Melbourne. Aug 2013, pp. 43-52.
    [Web Link]
  • Panizzon, D.L., Westwell, M.S. and Ward, M. (2010). Transforming secondary science education through 'contextual' professional learning for teachers. In Lazar, B. & Reinhardt, R., ed. Socio-Cultural and Human Values in Science and Technology Education. Ljubljana, Slovenia: IRI UL Institute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana. XIV IOSTE 2010. Bled, Slovenia. Jun 2010.
  • Dommett, E.J., Devonshire, I.M., Plateau, C.R., Westwell, M.S. and Greenfield, S.A. (2011). From Scientific Theory to Classroom Practice. Neuroscientist, 17(4) pp. 382-388.
    [10.1177/1073858409356111] [Scopus]
  • Panizzon, D.L., Westwell, M.S. and Elliott, K. (2010). Exploring the profile of teachers of secondary science: What are the emerging issues for future workforce planning? Teaching Science, 56(4) pp. 18-40.
  • Zimmermann, M., Westwell, M.S. and Greenfield, S. (2009). Impact of detergents on the activity of acetylcholinesterase and on the effectiveness of its inhibitors. Biological Chemistry, 390(1) pp. 19-26.
    [10.1515/BC.2009.005] [Scopus]
  • Dommett, E.J., Henderson, E.L., Westwell, M.S. and Greenfield, S.A. (2008). Methylphenidate amplifies long-term plasticity in the hippocampus via noradrenergic mechanisms. Learning and Memory, 15(8) pp. 580-586.
    [10.1101/lm.1092608] [Scopus]
  • Zimmermann, M., Grosgen, S., Westwell, M.S. and Greenfield, S. (2008). Selective enhancement of the activity of C-terminally truncated, but not intact, acetylcholinesterase. Journal of Neurochemistry, 104(1) pp. 221-232.
    [10.1111/j.1471-4159.2007.05045.x] [Scopus]
  • Dommett, E., Westwell, M.S. and Greenfield, S. (2007). A multifaceted approach to neuroscience outreach: Meeting the challenges. Neuroscientist, 13(5) pp. 447-453.
    [10.1177/1073858407299942] [Scopus]
  • Panizzon, D.L., Westwell, M.S. and Ward, M. (2010). Transforming secondary science education through 'contextual' professional learning for teachers. In Lazar, B. & Reinhardt, R., ed. Socio-Cultural and Human Values in Science and Technology Education. Ljubljana, Slovenia: IRI UL Institute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana. XIV IOSTE 2010. Bled, Slovenia. Jun 2010.
  • Westwell, M.S. (2016). Supporting Brain Development. Deakin West, ACT: --Other (not in list)--.
  • Panizzon, D., Westwell, M.S. and Elliott, K. (2014). Securing STEM Pathways for Australian High School Students from Low-SES Localities: Science and Mathematics Academy at Flinders (SMAF) In Julia V. Clark, ed. Closing the Achievement Gap from an International Perspective. Netherlands: Springer, pp. 285-306.
    [10.1007/978-94-007-4357-1] [10.1007/978-94-007-4357-1_14] [Scopus]
  • Panizzon, D., Ward, M. and Westwell, M.S. (2013). Transforming Education by Contextualizing Professional Learning for Teachers: A Case in Science and Mathematics in Australia. In RA DeVillar, B Jiang & J Cummins, ed. Transforming Education: Global Perspectives, Experiences, and Implications. New York, USA: Peter Lang, pp. 65-86.
    [Web Link]
  • Dommett, E.J., Devonshire, I.M., Plateau, C.R., Westwell, M.S. and Greenfield, S.A. (2011). From Scientific Theory to Classroom Practice. Neuroscientist, 17(4) pp. 382-388.
    [10.1177/1073858409356111] [Scopus]
  • Panizzon, D.L., Westwell, M.S. and Elliott, K. (2010). Exploring the profile of teachers of secondary science: What are the emerging issues for future workforce planning? Teaching Science, 56(4) pp. 18-40.
  • Zimmermann, M., Westwell, M.S. and Greenfield, S. (2009). Impact of detergents on the activity of acetylcholinesterase and on the effectiveness of its inhibitors. Biological Chemistry, 390(1) pp. 19-26.
    [10.1515/BC.2009.005] [Scopus]
  • Dommett, E.J., Henderson, E.L., Westwell, M.S. and Greenfield, S.A. (2008). Methylphenidate amplifies long-term plasticity in the hippocampus via noradrenergic mechanisms. Learning and Memory, 15(8) pp. 580-586.
    [10.1101/lm.1092608] [Scopus]
  • Zimmermann, M., Grosgen, S., Westwell, M.S. and Greenfield, S. (2008). Selective enhancement of the activity of C-terminally truncated, but not intact, acetylcholinesterase. Journal of Neurochemistry, 104(1) pp. 221-232.
    [10.1111/j.1471-4159.2007.05045.x] [Scopus]
  • Dommett, E., Westwell, M.S. and Greenfield, S. (2007). A multifaceted approach to neuroscience outreach: Meeting the challenges. Neuroscientist, 13(5) pp. 447-453.
    [10.1177/1073858407299942] [Scopus]

Professional and community engagement

SACE Board of South Australia; Board Member and Chair of the Innovation Development Advisory Group (link)

SA Science Council; Council Member (link)

Evidence for Learning; Chair, Research Use & Evaluation Committee (link); Member, Expert Reference Group (link)

Operation Flinders Foundation; Honorary Consultant (link)

Department of Education and Child Development (current committees/groups/activities)
Scientist in Residence; Advanced Technology Pathways Program Steering Group; Results+ Strategy;

UNESCO (Bangkok) Education Research Institute Network (ERI-Net) member & steering group member (link)

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Education - Curriculum
  • Education - Middle School
  • Education - Science
  • Education - Teaching
  • Education - Year 12
  • Science

Interests

  • Educational neuroscience
  • STEM education ((science, technology, engineering and mathematics education))

Contact

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Phone: +61 8 82013603
Email:
Location: Information, Science & Technology (350)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Further information

Early Childhood Australia: "Supporting brain development" 2016

TEDx talk: "No, no! You are not thinking, you are just being logical" (youtube) 2015

The Conversation: "Virtual distance: technology is rewriting the rulebook for human interaction" 2015

DECD conference: "Strategic Intent: Leading Learning" (youtube) 2013

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