Davis, Rob Dr

Position: Senior Lecturer
Location: Mt Helen Campus, T Building, Room T320
Phone: 5327 9726
Email: rs.davis@federation.edu.au


Graduate Certificate in Education – University of Ballarat - 2008

Doctor of Philosophy - Queensland University of Technology – 2005

Master of Education - Queensland University of Technology – 1999

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary) – Brisbane College of Advanced Education – 1989

Bachelor of Science – University of Queensland - 1987



  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Teaching (Primary)


  • Science Education - EDBED2009
  • Understanding and Investigating our Worlds – EDFGC5705
  • Teacher Research Project A – EDFGC5810
  • Teacher Research Project B – EDFGC5811


After graduating from the Brisbane College of Advanced Education Rob taught in rural, regional and remote schools in Queensland for the next 15 years. On appointment to the University of Ballarat (and subsequently Federation University) Rob took responsibility for teaching science education to undergraduate and postgraduate pre-service teachers. He has also been Program Coordinator for the Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) Program (2007 to 2009) as well as the BEd (P-6/P-10) Coordinator (2009 to 2013). In 2014 Rob taught at the University of Chester in the UK as part of an academic staff exchange.

Areas of expertise

Rob's principal area of expertise is science and technology education in primary schools. He is able to provide advice to interested parties on the development and implementation of classroom programs in these areas.

Research interests

Rob's primary research interests are in the field of technology education, but he also undertakes research in other curriculum areas, such as science, SOSE and mathematics.

He is also currently a member of research teams investigating PST preparation and experiences while at university and on professional experience.


Present doctoral students.

Donna Ludvigsen – “Encouraging Reflective Teacher Leadership- a self-study” - Associate Supervisor

Frank Apostoli – “The influence of school-group composition on student performance in mathematics in Australia: A school effects analysis of PISA” – Principal Supervisor


Refereed journal articles

McGraw, A. & Davis, R. (2017). Mentoring for pre-service teachers and the use of inquiry-oriented feedback. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 6 (1),  50-63.

Hobbs, L & Davis, R. (2013). Narrative Pedagogies in Science, Mathematics and Technology. Research in Science Education. 43 (3), 1289-1305.

Johnston, R., & Davis, R. (2008). Negotiating the dilemmas of community based learning in teacher education. Teaching Education, 19(4), 351-360.

Tromp, C., & Davis, R. (2007). Race Track Mapping: Engaging students in maths and geography. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 12(3), 4-7.

Ginns, I.S., Norton, S.J., McRobbie, C.J., & Davis, R.S. (2007). Can Twenty Years of Technology Education assist ‘Grass Roots’ Syllabus Implementation? International Journal of Design and Technology Education, 17(2), 197-215.

Zeegers, M., Russell, R., Davis, R., & Menon, E. (2005/2006). Towards a pedagogy of group work: Working the rhetoric of group work in an undergraduate Curriculum and Pedagogy unit at the University of Ballarat. The International Journal of Learning, 12(10), 205-211.

Davis, R. S., Ginns, I. S., & McRobbie, C. J. (2002). Elementary school students' understandings of technology concepts. Journal of Technology Education,14(1), 35-50.

Refereed conference proceedings

Davis, R., & Rogers, P. (2008). The technological narrative of a teaching and learning space. Proceedings of the 5th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education, Gold Coast, Australia, 91-98.

Davis, R.S. (2007, June). Structuring technology education for pre-service teachers. Paper presented at the 18th Conference on Pupils’ Attitudes Towards Technology, Glasgow, UK.

Davis, R. S. (2005, October). Using a model of technology activity in the primary classroom. Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial TENZ Conference, Christchurch, NZ.

Ginns, I. S., Norton, S. J., & Davis, R. S. (2005, June). Teacher change in response to student learning in technology. Proceedings of the Fifth International Primary Design and Technology Conference – Excellence through enjoyment (pp. 39-42), Birmingham, UK.

Davis, R.S., McRobbie, C.J., & Ginns, I.S. (2004). The narrative in technology. Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial International Conference on Technology Education, Gold Coast, Australia.

Ginns, I.S., McRobbie, C.J., Norton, S.J., & Davis, R.S. (2004). Perceptions of curriculum implementation needs in design and technology. Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial International Conference on Technology Education, Gold Coast, Australia.

Davis, R.S., McRobbie, C.J., & Ginns, I.S. (2002) Contingency in the classroom design process. Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial International Conference on Technology Education, Gold Coast, Australia, 81-89.