Tracey-Ann Palmer

Tracey-Ann Palmer


Tracey-Ann Palmer BTeach, BSc(Hons), MBA, PhD is a lecturer and researcher in initial teacher education at UTS specialising in science education and educational psychology. She has worked in research science (biochemistry) and as a manager for two scientific personnel consultancies. She has experience in the finance industry in the areas of marketing, product management and project management. She has lectured in marketing, organisational behaviour and currently teaches primary science and technology, curriculum integration and adolescent educational psychology at the UTS. She has also been involved in a number of research projects at the UTS aimed at enhancing the quality of primary and secondary science teaching in Australian schools. She is working on two major research topics. First is understanding how students choose their subjects for their final years of school and how this impacts choice of science. Second is ScienceSing, a project to create song-based educational resources that engage children with science. Tracey-Ann has skills in project management, traditional and leading edge research methodologies (including Best-Worst Scaling) and data analysis techniques (including NVIVO). She has two daughters and loves to sing, dance salsa and paint watercolours.


Recent News

  • Post: Thinking of choosing a science subject in years 11 and 12? Here’s what you need to know
  • Post: Keep your job options open and don’t ditch science when choosing next year’s school subjects

  • Projects

  • Project: Understanding and modelling student STEM subject choices

  • Recent Publications

  • Publication: ScienceSing Vol. 1
  • Publication: ScienceSing: Inspiring Upper Primary Students to Engage with Science through Song
  • Publication: Thinking of Choosing a Science Subject in Years 11 and 12? Here's What You Need to Know
  • Publication: How Students Say They Choose Their Subjects at School and Its Impact on the Choice of Science
  • Publication: Keep Your Job Options Open and Don't Ditch Science When Choosing next Year's School Subjects
  • Publication: Student Subject Choice in the Final Years of School: Why Science Is Perceived to Be of Poor Value
  • Publication: A Model for How Students Choose or Reject Subjects at School and What It Means for Science
  • Publication: For These Reasons, Students Decline to Study Science Subjects
  • Publication: How Students Choose Which Subjects to Study
  • Publication: Primary Connections: Linking Science with Literacy Stage 6 Research Evaluation Final Report