Dr Peter Eastwell

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Dr Peter H. Eastwell

PhD (Science Education), BSc (Honours, Phys. Chem.), DipEd

Peter's experience as a science educator began in 1978. He taught full-time in Queensland state and independent schools for over 17 years, 12 as Head of Science. He enjoyed his work in the classroom immensely, and documented some of it by authoring the textbook Physics Spectrum: Constructing an Understanding of Physics (McGraw-Hill), which promotes a constructivist approach to the learning of Senior Physics. He also completed doctoral studies on the effects of enrichment and extracurricular science activities on secondary students.

Dr Eastwell's students have been very successful in both State and National science competitions, including being National winners in both the 1996 and 1997 Earthworm Environmental Awards for scientific research. He has received a Service to Science Education Award (Science Teachers Association of Queensland), a BHP Science Teacher Award, and was a finalist in the 1999 Allen Strom Eureka Prize for Environmental Education Programs.

Since 1997, Peter has been self-employed as the Director of Science Time Education, conducting science programs for students and seminars/workshops for teachers. He is a registered Science and Technology Communicator, an accredited Primary Investigations and Crest Awards trainer, and has authored broadly in the area of science education. With a deep passion for science education that students find contagious, he enjoys nothing more than sharing his fascination for the scientific principles that govern our world.

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