Doctor Nathan Berger

Doctor Nathan Berger

Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Dean's Unit - School of Education


I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education at Western Sydney University (WSU). I have degrees in information technology, secondary social sciences, and quantitative educational research. I recently was awarded my PhD in the social psychology of education by the University of Newcastle (UON). Before my appointment to WSU, I worked as a senior research assistant and casual academic at UON. My research training has developed my skills in sophisticated techniques for longitudinal data analysis. I have presented my research at national and international conferences, and, as an Early Career Researcher, I am beginning to establish a publication record in international outlets. I have several years tertiary teaching experience in the foundations of education, educational psychology, and the sociology of education. I enjoy working with colleagues and students to create high quality learning experiences for our future teachers.

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  • Phd University of Newcastle (NSW)
  • MEd Stud University of Newcastle (NSW)
  • MTeach Dist University of Newcastle (NSW)
  • BIT University of Newcastle (NSW)

Professional Memberships

  • British Educational Research Association (2015)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (2013)


  • Australian Postgraduate Award 2013-07-01


  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Technology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Education

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Education


  • ePortfolio Sub-Committee of the School Academic Committee
  • Western SAGE


Phone: (02) 47360 687
Location: K.2.29
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Current Teaching Areas

  • 102086 Designing Teaching and Learning
  • 102512 Researching STEM Education for Future Leadership
  • 102511 STEM Pedagogies in Practice
  • 102509 Computational Thinking across the STEM Curriculum

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 102086 Designing Teaching and Learning, 2016
  • 102509 Computational Thinking across the STEM Curriculum, 2017
  • 102086 Designing Teaching and Learning, 2017
  • 102508 STEM foundations, 2018
  • 102509 Computational Thinking across the STEM Curriculum, 2018
  • 102086 Designing Teaching and Learning, 2018


Chapters in Books

  • Berger, N. and Archer, J. (2015), 'The relationship between social class and students' academic achievement goals : three hypotheses', Routledge International Handbook of Social Psychology of the Classroom, Routledge 9780415856966.

Journal Articles

  • Berger, N., Hanham, J., Stevens, C. and Holmes, K. (2019), 'Immediate feedback improves career decision self-efficacy and aspirational alignment', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 10 .
  • Tan, L., Berger, N., Jones, K., Southall, M. and Mason, K. (2019), 'Top five steps in championing STEM innovations', Science Education News, vol 68, no 1 , pp 32 - 36.
  • Berger, N. and Archer, J. (2018), 'Qualitative insights into the relationship between socioeconomic status and students' academic achievement goals', Social Psychology of Education, vol 21, no 4 , pp 787 - 803.
  • Berger, N. and Archer, J. (2016), 'School socio-economic status and student socio-academic achievement goals in upper secondary contexts', Social Psychology of Education, vol 19, no 1 , pp 175 - 194.
  • Berger, N. (2016), 'Thesis abstract : A social psychological examination of factors shaping career and education aspirations through childhood and adolescence', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol 149, no 1 & 2 , pp 84 - 84.

Conference Papers

  • Holmes, K., Prieto-Rodriguez, E., Hickmott, D. and Berger, N. (2018), 'Using coding to teach mathematics : results of a pilot project', International STEM in Education Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld..

Other Publications

  • 2019, 'Fast Tracking the Future Education Program: Sydney Metro Professional Development Project Evaluation', Research Report

Current Projects

Title: Parramatta Light Rail Teacher Professional Development Project
  • Transport for NSW
Western Researchers: Catherine Attard and Erin Mackenzie
Years: 2018-10-15 - 2020-09-25
ID: P00025472

Previous Projects

Title: Introduction to Teaching for Tutors Online Professional Development
  • North Shore Coaching College
Western Researchers: Kathryn Holmes and Nathan Berger
Years: 2017-09-18 - 2018-07-27
ID: P00024563
Title: Evaluation of PBL Curriculum Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
  • Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
Western Researchers:
Years: 2018-07-30 - 2018-11-30
ID: P00025211
Title: Evaluation of the CEDP Numeracy and Mathematics Strategy
  • Catholic Education Office Diocese of Parramatta
Western Researchers: Kathryn Holmes and Nathan Berger
Years: 2016-05-04 - 2016-08-31
ID: P00023458


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of STELR and iSTELR in Enhancing Students' and Teachers' Perceptions About Science Teaching and Learning
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The use of mobile devices for self-directed learning outside of the classroom among English as a Foreign Language students in Saudi Arabia.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The rise of the usability and accessability of digital devices, the fall of coding in schools
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Exploring predictors of academic buoyancy and perceptions of resilience in pre-service teachers: A mixed method study
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: How does an experienced science teacher's padegogical content knowledge (PCK) develop during action research?
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Making Hanzi Learnable for Nonbackground Beginning Learners: An Action Research Study in a Primary School in Australia.
Field of Research: Education

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