Brian Lewthwaite is an Adjunct Professor in Education at JCU and currently the Co-ordinator of the Yukon Native Teacher Education Program (YNTEP) in the Yukon Territory of northern Canada. His educational career started as a mathematics, chemistry and biology teacher in northern Canada, followed by twelve years of science and mathematics teaching and administration in New Zealand. He started his work in teacher education in 1993 as a Senior Lecturer and adminstrator at Palmerston North College of Education followed by Massey University College of Education. From 2002-2012 he worked as an Associate Professor and, subsequently, Professor at the University of Manitoba where he also served as the Co-Director for the University of Manitoba's Centre for Research, Youth, Science Teaching and Learning. From 2012-2017 he was an Associate Professor and, subsequently, Professor at James Cook University.

Brian's primary research focus has been in the area of science education with specific focus on pre-service and in-service teacher development. More broadly, of particular concern for Brian has been the attention given to ensuring the educational experience provided for Indigenous students across their colonized countries is located consistent with local community and self-determining priorities for education, rather than being mandated by nationalistic imperialistic goals.

He has written in excess of 100 refereed scholarly papers, 15 book chapters, three books, secured as lead investigator, with collaborators, in excess of $7,000,000 in research funding and continues to consistently work in collaboration with educational invested authors and teachers in supporting changes in practice to support teacher change and student learning.

  • ED3192: Science Education for Primary School (Level 3; TSV)
  • ED5218: Professional Practices 1 (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • ED5219: Professional Practices 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • Curriculum Design and Development in Science Education
  • Community-based curriculum development in Indigenous communities
  • Learning Environment Research: ScEdD was in Learning Environment Research focusing on school wide attention to science as a curriculum area and the teaching practice of science.
  • Indigenous Education: Early experiences as a young scientist and science educator challenged my view of 'science' and the possibility of teachers of science being political agents for challenge and change. Master of Education focused on understanding influences on culturally relevant science education delivery in northern Canadian, Alaskan, New Zealand and Australian contexts. There are few teachers that see that they have potential to lead change. I am committed through research to support Indigenous communities in their move towards locally defined priorities.
  • Community-Based Education: The work in Indigenous settings focuses on determining community-based aspirations for education, especially in terms of classroom-based practice. This focus is now extended to current ARC-funded research in northern Australia to augment similar ongoing activity in NZ and Canada.
  • Science Education: My professional origins are in science education. I continue to carry out research on teacher development, both in in-service and pre-service education. Much of the science work involves the Science Curriculum Implementation Questionnaire whcih was developed in my doctoral study. To date the SCIQ has assisted hundreds of schools, school divisions, states and provinces and nations in their school science evaluations. More information on the SCIQ is available through: http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~lewthwai/usingSCIQ.html
  • Science Education
  • Curriculum Design, Development. Implementation and Evaluation
  • Professional Practices in Teacher Education
  • Indigenous Education
  • 2017 to present - Co-ordinator, Yukon College (Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada)
  • 2013 to 2017 - Professor, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2012 to 2013 - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2009 to 2012 - Professor, University of Manitoba (Canada)
  • 2001 to 2009 - Associate Professor, University of Manitoba (Canada)
  • 1996 to 2001 - Senior Lecturer, Massey University (New Zealand)
  • 1993 to 1996 - Senior Lecturer, Palmerston North College of Education (New Zealand)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2013 - James Cook University Inclusive Teaching Award
  • 2011 to 2012 - Manitoba Education Research Network Award
  • 2010 - University Teaching Award
  • 2009 - RH Award for Outstanding Performance in Service, Scholarship & Teaching
  • 2005 - American Education Research Association for Best Paper in Learning Environment Research
  • 2004 - University Teaching Award
  • 2017 - Visiting Professor - University of British Columbia
  • 2016 - Visiting Fellow- Hope University
  • 2008 - Visiting Scholar- Charles Darwin University
  • 2005 - Visiting Scholar-Massey University

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 105+ research outputs authored by Prof Brian Lewthwaite from 1998 onwards.

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Australian Research Council - Linkage - Projects

Responding to Indigenous students' and their communities' voiced experiences regarding effective teaching practices: A Catholic Education initiative

Indicative Funding
$150,000 over 4 years
In response to the continued gap in achievement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, this project focuses on addressing the essential need for Australian-based empirically-grounded culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP) research on teaching practices consistent with the voiced concerns of Indigenous students and the communities they represent. Paralleling consequentially similar work in Canada and New Zealand, the study will tease out and test facets of quality teaching that are salient to Aboriginal students for the purpose of improving achievement outcomes for Indigenous students and informing teaching and teacher education.
Brian Lewthwaite, Helen Boon and Barry Osborne in collaboration with Catherine Day (College of Arts, Society & Education and Townsville Catholic Education Office)
Teaching; Learning; Indigenous

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • An investigation into the implementation of an innovative leadership capacity building model in Torres Strait Schools (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Propensity Score Matching for Enhanced Valuation of Flexible Learning in the Neoliberal Australian Political Economy. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Creating place-based learning experiences as a curriculum implantation approach: A case study of selected business studies teachers' practices in Papua New Guinea. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Responding to Indigenous Students' and Their Communities' Experiences Regarding Effective Teaching practices: A Catholic Education Initiative. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • More Than The Power of Two; Leading for School Improvement in Indigenous Education (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Making Australia’s East-Side Neighbours Visible: An investigation into the use of transformative educational strategies as a means of developing knowledge of Australia’s East-side neighbours through French-language instruction (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Sharing Experiences and Research Methodologies in the Aboriginal and Islander Teacher Education Program (AITEP). (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • The New English Language Curriculum in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Intentions and Tensions in Curriculum Design and Enactment (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Transitions from Remote Indigenous Community to Boarding School: the Lockhart River Experience (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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