Dr Kimberley Wilson - Nat Sch of Education (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)

is interested in exploring the role of science/STEM education in engaging diverse students in learning. Responsive and expansive approaches to STEM education such as project-based approaches are of particular interest, as are considerations of creative and innovative ways of enabling STEM access for diverse students and communities. Methodological expertise includes qualitative research and analysis, with a focus on case study and participatory action research forms of inquiry.


Phone :6235 (Brisbane)
Email :kimberley.wilson@acu.edu.au
URIs : Staff Directory ProfilePersonal Website

Research Interests

STEM Education; Flexible Learning; Engagement ;

Methods Expertise

Qualitative Research/Analysis; Case Studies ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • MakerZones for Engaging Diverse Youth in Flexible Learning Centres (PhD) (Chief Investigator)

Current Projects

  • Embedding principles of Indigenised learning into science education curriculum at ACU. (PhD) (Chief Investigator)
  • Identifying the impact of motivating students through making STEM learning interesting in low SES schooling contexts. (PhD) (Co-investigator)
  • Impact of the National Exceptional Teaching for Disadvantaged Schools Program at Australian Catholic University (ACU) (PhD) (Co-investigator)
  • Investigating the role of STEM in engaging diverse students (PhD) (Chief Investigator)

Selected Publications


Re-engaged students' perceptions of mainstream and flexible learning environments: A semi-quantitative approach, in International Journal of Inclusive Education

Identifying the challenging characteristics of systems thinking encountered by undergraduate students in chemistry problem-solving of gas laws, in Chemistry Education Research and Practice


Practitioner Perspectives, in Gauging the value of education for disenfranchised youth: Flexible Learning Options.

Understanding the work of FLOs through a recovery framework lens, in International Journal of Inclusive Education


Outcomes from Flexible Learning Options for disenfranchised youth: What counts? , in International Journal of Inclusive Education

Distance travelled: Outcomes and evidence in flexible learning options, in Australian Educational Researcher

Challenging normative assumptions regarding disengaged youth: A phenomenological perspective, in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education


Expecting the unexpected: Engaging diverse young people in conversations around science, in Australian Educational Researcher

Engaging Diverse Learners in Science, in Learning and Teaching Primary Science


Exploring ICT Integration as a Tool to Engage Young People at a Flexible Learning Centre, in Journal of Science Education and Technology

Other information

Kimberley has been researching the work of the Youth+ Edmund Rice Education Australia Flexible Learning Centres since 2008. She has been engaged in two ARC Linkage projects investigating the role of Flexible Learning Options in the Australian educational landscape, and has produced a variety of publications on the topic of more effectively engaging youth in education through a responsive and flexible curriculum approach, with a particular focus on science education.