Professor Bronwen Cowie

Bronwen Cowie

Associate Dean Research

Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD

About Bronwen

My research is focussed on classroom interactions and learning, with an emphasis on Assessment for Learning in science and technology classrooms and culturally responsive pedagogy in science education. This aspect of my research is underpinned by a sociocultural view of learning. I have explored the affordances of information and communication technologies in and for primary science and in the provision of feedback in writing.

Student teacher learning about assessment is another area of interest. I am currently involved in a four-nation study – with colleagues here and in Canada, Australia and the UK. I am also involved in an Australia-New Zealand study investigating what might be threshold concepts to understanding equity and inclusion in teacher education.

My research is carried out in collaboration with colleagues and teachers; I value the depth of understanding and insight that collaboration brings. I use a range of research data generation and analysis processes depending on the research question/s. These include classroom (video) observation, interviews, focus groups, the use of drawing and photography as well as large scale surveys.

I would welcome queries about any of these topics and approaches.

Recent Publications

  • DeLuca, C., Willis, J., Cowie, B., Harrison, C., Coombs, A., Gibson, A., & Trask, S. (2019). Policies, Programs, and Practices: Exploring the Complex Dynamics of Assessment Education in Teacher Education Across Four Countries. Frontiers in Education, 4. doi:10.3389/feduc.2019.00132 Open Access version:

  • Mildenhall, P., Sherriff, B., & Cowie, B. (2019). The honey bees game: engaging and inspiring the community with STEM. Research in Science & Technological Education, 1-20. doi:10.1080/02635143.2019.1687440

  • Dayal, H. C., & Cowie, B. (2019). Professional learning intervention in mathematics: A case of developing portfolio assessment. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 44(2). doi:10.14221/ajte.2018v44n2.7

  • Khoo, E., Cowie, B., & Ferrier-Kerr, J. (2019). Cross Case Site Visit Analysis: Report for the Retrospective Evaluation of Springboard Trust’s 2015 Graduates.

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Cowie, Prof Bronwen 4987 bcowie TW.1.10 Division of Education

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