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David Franklin Treagust

John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Professor of Science Education, Curtin University

David Treagust is John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia where he supervises research students on topics related to understanding students’ ideas about science concepts and how these ideas relate to conceptual change and multiple representations, the design of science curricula and teachers’ classroom practices. Recent research compares paradigm changes in science and education.

Treagust holds a PhD and a MS from the University of Iowa, USA, BSc from the University of Western Australia, and Certificate of Education from the University of Birmingham, England. He taught high school science and chemistry for 10 years prior to working in higher education.

In 2006, he received the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award from the US-based National Association for Research in Science Teaching , in 2011 was the recipient of the American Chemical Society Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry, and in 2012 received a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Government’s Office of Teaching and Learning.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Society of Biology, the American Educational Research Association and the Academy of Social Sciences Australia.


  • 1984–2020
    Professor, Curtin University