Dr. Angela Fitzgerald is an Associate Professor in Science Curriulum and Pedagogy in the School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood at the University of Southern Queensland. Ange¿s main focus, and where she really likes to direct her energy, is engaging in activities that support pre- and in-service teachers in developing their confidence and competence in the teaching of science in primary school settings. She is passionate about classroom-based research and school-based teacher education as well as identifying ways in which she can collaborate with schools and teachers to improve and enhance primary school science. Her expertise in this field has been recognised nationally and internationally through implementing professional learning, consultancy projects and invited keynote addresses.
In 2013, Ange had the opportunity to move to Jordan (in the Middle East) for two years to build capacity in a Jordanian non-governmental organisation, Petra National Trust (PNT) through Australian Volunteers International. She supported a small team of local staff in the role of education advisor to develop curricula for both students and teachers to explore a variety of themes connected to Petra.
Ange returned to Monash University in 2015 in the role of the liaison for International Professional Experience, which saw her grow the program to 12 sites across the world with approximately 300 pre-service teachers a year completing placements in diverse culturally settings. This lead to supporting professional experience across the entire Faculty in 2017 in a Director role. These experiences morphed into additional research focus in professional practice.
Tying together a number of these threads, Ange has been working in collaboration with a producer-director (starting in 2017) using innovative video-based and portraiture methodologies to document the lived experiences of graduate teachers over the course of their first few years of being in the classroom.