About

My disciplinary background is in population health. My PhD, undertaken at the Australian National University, involved extensive field work in the central Mindanao Highlands, the Philippines. Within one remote region, findings revealed sharp mortality differentials along ethnic divides, reflecting the positive impact of maternal education, adequate birth spacing and access to initial investments in primary health care on child survival.

Since my appointment at James Cook University in 2006, I have spent seven years in the School of Education and the last five years in Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement. My research interests over this time have been investigating effective curriculum innovation processes and assessment and learning experiences in regards to Higher Education for Sustainability (HEfS) in tropical regional and global contexts; whole-of-course approaches to embedding sustainability in teacher education; student learning and engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) education; and service and work integrated learning.

Most recently, I have co-authored a book (Evans, Lasen, & Tsey, 2015) based on a systematic review of the rural development literature to assess the nature and quality of research output over time, and engagement with sustainability issues, principles and learning processes in rural development intervention studies. The systematic literature review methodology and associated research design quality appraisal tools are of particular interest in terms of their application in the field of education. While thematic reviews predominate in the social sciences, systematic literature reviews present the best opportunity to inform evidence-based practice and policy.

Currently, my colleagues and I are undertaking a systematic review of the literature pertaining to assessment in work integrated learning across education sectors. Emerging areas of research interest involve whole-of-institution approaches to supporting good assessment practices, whole-of-course approaches to embedding English language proficiency, and authentic and technology-enabled assessment.

Teaching
  • ED5300: Fundamentals of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • learning for sustainability in tropical regional and global contexts; rural development and population health; child care and mortality; embedding sustainability in pre-service teacher education; student engagement in STEM; service and work integrated learning; whole-of-institution approaches to supporting good assessment practices, whole-of-course approaches to embedding English language proficiency, and authentic and technology-enabled assessment.
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2014 - STEM Education and our Planet, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Best Paper Award (Lasen, Jackson, Beavan, Johnson, & Callin, 2014).
  • 2013 - Sustainability Collection International Award for Excellence, "New Research or Thinking" category (Evans, Lasen, & Tsey, 2013).
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Office for Learning and Teaching - Extension Grants

Exploring field spaces as learning places: Optimising the impact of field-based learning on the student experience

Indicative Funding
$30,000 over 2 years
Summary
The project aim is to improve the field-based learning experience for students. The team includes staff from multiple disciplines in the new CMES and CTSE Colleges. The range of field-based learning activities undertaken in the two colleges will be identified and mapped to the curriculum in nominated courses. Focus groups will be held with academics and students to gather data. Findings will be shared with the broader university community through a collaborative symposium. Strategies for effective practice in field-based learning and teaching will be applied to nominated courses and the impact on student learning evaluated. The project deliverables will include a university-wide symposium, website and online guide to field-based learning.
Investigators
Phil Turner, Janet Buchan, Paul Nelson, Lin Schwarzkopf, Janine Sheaves, Orpha Bellwood, Carl Spandler, Michelle Lasen and Tanya Doyle (College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Learning and teaching; Learning spaces; Field based learning; Science Education
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