Dr John Willison
Dr John Willison has twenty five years of experience in formal education, and throughout that time has been most enthralled in how to help students to engage in research-based learning, beginning with Year 8 classes, where he strived to make science laboratories hands-on and minds-on. Dr Willison found that this necessitated a raft of scaffolding and literacy strategies, and resulted in the development of resources called writE Science (writing and reading integrated with talking about experiments). As Dr Willison completed his PhD in Science Education he coordinated an Early Childhood and Primary Science course in a Teacher Education program, then subsequently found himself at the University of Adelaide as the Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. This shift to students who were academics from all disciplines caused Dr Willison to broaden his research agenda to search for something in common across disciplines: a framework representing how all educators may facilitate their students’ research skills.
In collaboration, Dr Willison developed early versions of the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework and colleagues in First Year Human Biology began to trial the RSD, followed by other courses in various contexts showing positive outcomes for students. This success inspired Dr Willison to lead two five-university ALTC Innovation and Development projects, one for course-level implementation of RSD (2007-2009) and the other for program-level implementation (2011-2013). These projects and new AQF 9 research requirements led to demand for RSD to inform coursework Masters programs and Dr Willison held a National Teaching Fellowship on this theme 2014-2015. As the use of the RSD escalates nationally and internationally, he is currently keen to bring the RSD ‘full-circle’ and begin to influence Faculties of Education through High Schools’ use of the RSD, as well as consolidate RSD use in undergraduate, Masters and PhD studies across all disciplines. This is the focus of the National Senior Teaching Fellowship he holds from the Australian Government's Department of Education and Training.
|2004||Senior Lecturer||University of Adelaide|
|1999 - 1999||Lecturer||Curtin University|
|2014 - 2015||Fellowship||National Teaching Fellowship||Office for Learning and Teaching||$90,000|
|University of New South Wales||Australia||B.Sc DipEd.|
|Ph.D. (Science Education)||Curtin University||Australia|
|Master of Education||Curtin University||Australia|
|2017||Willison, J., Sabir, F. & Thomas, J. (2017). Shifting dimensions of autonomy in students' research and employment. Higher Education Research and Development, 36, 2, 430-443.
|2016||Wilmore, M. & Willison, J. (2016). Graduates' attitudes to research skill development in undergraduate media education. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 26, 1, 113-128.
|2016||Willison, J. & Buisman-Pijlman, F. (2016). Ph.D. prepared: research skill development across the undergraduate years. International Journal for Researcher Development, 7, 1, 63-83.
|2015||Bandaranaike, S. & Willison, J. W. (2015). Building capacity for work-readiness: bridging the cognitive and affective domains. K. Zegwaard (Ed.). Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 16, 3, 223-233.|
|2014||Wu, C., Chanda, E. & Willison, J. (2014). Implementation and outcomes of online self and peer assessment on group based honours research projects. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 39, 1, 21-37.
|2013||Willison, J. (2013). Inquiring ape?. Higher Education Research and Development, 32, 5, 861-865.
|2013||Williamson, N., Metha, G., Willison, J. & Pyke, S. (2013). Development of POGIL-Style classroom activities for an introductory chemistry course. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 21, 5, 27-41.|
|2012||Willison, J. (2012). When academics integrate research skill development in the curriculum. Higher Education Research and Development, 31, 6, 905-919.
|2010||Willison, J. (2010). Development of all students' research skill becomes a knowledge society. AISHE-J, 2, 1, 12.1-12.8.|
|2009||Mohammadzaheri, M., Chen, L., Ghaffari, A. & Willison, J. (2009). A combination of linear and nonlinear activation functions in neural networks for modeling a de-superheater. Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 17, 2, 398-407.
|2009||Willison, J. W. (2009). Multiple contexts, multiple outcomes, one conceptual framework for research skill development in the undergraduate curriculum. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 29, 3, 10-14.|
|2007||Willison, J. (2007). Vision & choice ethical characteristics of academic development programs. Journal of University of Teaching & Learning Practice, 4, 2, 73-88.|
|2007||Willison, J. & O'Regan, K. (2007). Commonly known, commonly not known, totally unknown: a framework for students becoming researchers. Higher Education Research and Development, 26, 4, 393-409.
|1999||Willison, J. (1999). Who writes the recipes in science? Possibilities from four years of action research with students and their scientific literacy. Research in Science Education, 29, 1, 111-126.
|1996||Willison, J. W. (1996). How RU Integrating Hands-On, Writing and Reading for Understanding in Your Students' Science Learning?. Australian Science Teachers' Journal, 42, 4, 8-14.|
|2017||Willison, J. & Croy, G. (2017). Research Skill Development in Tourism. In P. Benckendorff & Zehrer (Eds.), Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Tourism (pp. 58-75). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
|2007||Willison, J. (2007). The impact of a research vignette on my metaphorical understandings. In P. C. Taylor & J. Wallace (Eds.), Contemporary Qualitative Research for Science and Mathematics Educators (pp. 127-138). The Netherlands: Springer.
|2006||Willison, J. & Taylor, P. (2006). Complementary Epistemologies of Science Teaching: Towards an Integral Perspective. In P. J. Aubusson, A. G. Harrison & S. M. Ritchie (Eds.), Metaphor and analogy in science education (pp. 25-36). PO Box 17, 3300 AA Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
|2015||Willison, J. W. (2015). Researching, problem solving, critical thinking… same ship, different bay.. Society for Research in Higher Education. Newport, Wales, UK.|
|2013||Al-Sarawi, S., Willison, J., Ng, B. & Liebelt, M. (2013). Degree level evaluation of research skill development framework for higher education. International iCampus Symposium. UAE.|
|2012||Ricci, M., Peirce, , Lee, I. & Willison, J. (2012). Potential and problems of explicit research skill development in
undergraduate physics, chemistry, biochemistry and geology. The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education. Sydney.
|2012||Williamson, N. M., Huang, D. M., Pyke, S. M., Willison, J. & Metha, G. F. (2012). Constructing a First Year University Chemistry Course for the ‘Late Bloomers’. ERGA 2012. Adelaide.|
|2012||Priest, S. J., Pyke, S. M., Williamson, N. M. & Willison, J. (2012). Representations of Scientific Concepts and Learning Experience of First Year Undergraduate Students. ERGA 2012. Adelaide.|
|2012||Peirce, E., Ricci, M., Lee, I. & Willison, J. (2012). First year human biology students in the ivory tower.. The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education. Sydney.|
|2010||Bandaranaike, S. & Willison, J. (2010). Work Skill Development Framework: an innovative assessment for Work Integrated Learning. Australian Collaborative Education Network National Conference. Perth, Australia.|
|2010||Peirce, E., Ricci, M. & Willison, J. (2010). Teaching research at a research-intensive university - can it be done in first year courses?. First Year in Higher Education Conference. Adelaide.|
|2010||Davey, K., Cheung, J., Visvanathan, R. & Willison, J. (2010). A unique assessment of stress and stress factors on engineering academics in the research and teaching environment. Annual conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Sydney.|
|2010||Ng, B., Al-Sarawi, S., Willison, J., Phillips, B., Liebelt, M. & Green, C. (2010). A New Electronic Engineering Honours Assessment Scheme Based on Research Skills Development Framework. ERGA Conference. Adelaide, Australia.|
|2010||Wu, C., Chanda, E. & Willison, J. (2010). SPARKPLUS for Self- and Peer Assessment on Group-Based Honours’ Research Projects. ERGA Conference. Adelaide, Australia.|
|2009||Peirce, E., Ricci, M., Lee, I. & Willison, J. (2009). First-year human biology students in the ivory tower. Motivating Science Undergraduates: Ideas and Interventions Conference. Sydney.|
|2009||Willison, J., Peirce, E. & Ricci, M. (2009). Towards student autonomy in literature and field research. Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual Conference (HERDSA Annual International Conference). Northern Territory.|
|2008||Ashman, P., Scrutton, S., Stringer, D., Mullinger, P. & Willison, J. (2008). Stakeholder perceptions of chemical engineering graduate attributes at the University of Adelaide. Chemeca: Australasian Conference on Chemical Engineering. New South Wales.|
|2007||Peirce, E., Ricci, M., Willison, J. & O'Regan, K. (2007). Incorporating the development of research skills into level I undergraduate human biology courses. Teaching and ResearchMaking the Connections in Health Sciences, Health Sciences conference. University of South Australia.|
|2007||Peirce, E., Ricci, M. & Willison, J. (2007). Incorporating the development of research skills into level 1
undergraduate human biology courses.. Teaching and research: Making the connection in Health Sciences Conference. Adelaide.
|2006||Ricci, M. & Willison, J. (2006). Developing the research skills of first year students: five years on.. Education Research Group of Adelaide (ERGA). Adelaide.|
|2006||McEntee, J., Coulson, M., Botten, J. & Willison, J. (2006). Supporting research-readiness in PhD candidates through undergraduate research skills development. Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference. Adelaide.|
|2006||Coulson, M., McEntee, J. & Willison, J. (2006). Annotated bibliographies can help maximize benefit of literature research skills exercises. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference. Washington DC.|
|2005||Willison, J. & O'Regan, K. (2005). 2020 vision: An information literacy continuum for students primary school to post graduation. The HERDSA conference 'Higher education in a changing world'. A. Brew & C. Asmar (Eds.) Sydney, Australia.|
|2012||Priest, S. J., Pyke, S. M., Williamson, N. M. & Willison, J. (2012). Using Laboratory Experiences to Investigate Learning Trends in Chemistry. Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education. Sydney.|
|2011||Willison, J., Ricci, M. & Peirce, E. (2011). Long-term performance measures of research skill development with first year human biology students. The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education. Melbourne.|
|2010||Willison, J., Al-Sarawi, S., Ng, B., Karanicolas, S., Snelling, C. & Hazel, S. (2010). Research skill development and assessment across entire undergraduate degrees. ERGA Conference. Adelaide, Australia.|
|2010||Willison, J., Jerram, C., Hazel, S., Davidson, R. & Foley, B. (2010). 'Team Based Learning': students do read in advance and transform lectures into zones of analytical discussion. ERGA Conference. Adelaide, Australia.|
|2014||Willison, J. W., Al Sarawi, S., Bottema, C., Hazel, S., Henderson, U., Karanicolas, S. ... et al,, (2014). Outcomes and uptake of explicit research skill development across degree programs, Office for Learning and Teaching,|
|2010||Willison, J. W., Le Lievre, K. & Lee, I., (2010). Making Research Skill Development Explicit In Coursework: Final Report, Australian Learning and Teaching Council,|
|2006||Willison, J.; (2006); Research Skill Development for Curriculum Design and Assessment; www.adelaide.edu.au/clpd/rsd;|
|2008 - ongoing||Council on Undergraduate Research|
|2005 - ongoing||Member||Higher Education Research and Development||Australia|
|2011 - ongoing||University of the South Pacific||Fiji|
|2010 - 2016||Univeristy of Alberta||Undergraduate research Office|
|2009 - 2009||Trinity College Dublin||School of Nursing and Midwifery||Ireland|