Professor Roy Tasker

Professor Roy Tasker

Adjunct Professor,
Dean's Unit - School of Science and Health

PROFESSOR,
Dean's Unit - School of Science and Health

Biography

After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1978 he obtained his PhD in synthetic inorganic chemistry at the University of Otago in 1982. Following teaching positions at Brisbane Grammar School, the University of Tasmania, and the University of Adelaide, he was appointed as a Foundation Lecturer at the then Nepean CAE in 1985, that later evolved into the University of Western Sydney. After promotion to Professor of Chemistry Education in 2011, he served as Provost for the Hawkesbury Campus from 2012 - 2015. Roy retired in August 2015 and is presently a tenured Professor of Chemistry with an active research program (VisualizingChemistry.com) at Purdue University. He maintains his contact with Western Sydney University as an Adjunct Professor.

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Qualifications

  • PhD University of Otago
  • DipEd University of Queensland
  • BSc University of Queensland

Interests

  • Use of visualization in science education, particularly visualizing the molecular world in chemistry.

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Science and Health
  • Dean's Unit - School of Science and Health

Contact

Email: R.Tasker@westernsydney.edu.au
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Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Tasker, R. (2005), 'Using Multimedia to Visualise the Molecular World: Educational Theory into Practice', Chemists' Guide to Effective Teaching, Prentice Hall 0131493922.

Journal Articles

  • Williamson, V., Lane, S., Gilbreath, T., Tasker, R., Ashkenazi, G., Williamson, K. and MacFarlane, R. (2012), 'The effect of viewing order of macroscopic and particulate visualizations on students particulate explanations', Journal of Chemical Education, vol 89, no 8 , pp 979 - 987.
  • Tasker, R. and Dalton, R. (2006), 'Research into practice: Visualisation of the molecular world using animations', Chemistry Education Research and Practice, vol 7, no 2 , pp 141 - 159.
  • Velazquez-Marcano, A., Williamson, V., Ashkenazi, G., Tasker, R. and Williamson, K. (2004), 'The use of video demonstrations and particulate animation in general chemistry', Journal of Science Education and Technology, vol 13, no 3 , pp 315 - 323.

Conference Papers

  • Tasker, R., Yeung, A., Schmid, S. and Miller, J. (2005), 'The Influence of Student Engagement with Online Pre-laboratory Work Modules on Academic Performance in First Year Chemistry', UniServe Science Blended Learning in Science Teaching and Learning Symposium, University of Sydney.
  • Tasker, R., Miller, J., Kemmett, C. and Bedgood, D. (2003), 'Analysis of Student Engagement with Online Chemistry Modules Using Tracking Data', 20th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computersin Learning in Tertiary Education, University of Adelaide.
  • Dalton, R., Tasker, R. and Ssleet, R. (2001), 'Representations as a Learning Strategy in Chemistry', Proceedings of the Research and Development into University Science Teaching and Learning Workshop, .
  • Dalton, R., Tasker, R. and Sleet, R. (2001), 'Research into Practice: Using Molecular Representations as a Learning Strategy in Chemistry', Proceedings of the Research and Development into University Science Teaching and Learning Workshop, University of Sydney.

Research

Previous Projects

Title: Design principles for effective molecular visualisations in chemistry
Years: 2005-01-01 - 2007-12-31
ID: P0014174
Western Researchers: Roy Tasker
Funding:
  • National Science Foundation, USA
Title: Tasker VisChem R & D
Years: 2000-06-18 - 2001-12-31
ID: P0013294
Western Researchers: Roy Tasker
Funding:
  • Linkwest
Title: MediaChem - action research, development and commercialization of an e-learning program in undergraduate chemistry
Years: 2002-05-10 - 2006-08-31
ID: P0011422
Western Researchers: Roy Tasker
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: Crossing thresholds in secondary school biology
Years: 2009-08-13 - 2011-04-30
ID: P00017132
Western Researchers: Pauline Ross, Roy Tasker and Betty Gill
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Department of Education & Training

Supervision

Professor Tasker is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Previous Supervision

Title: THE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENTS' MENTAL MODELS OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES AND PROCESSES AT THE MOLECULAR LEVEL
Field of Research: EDUCATION
Thesis: THE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENTS' MENTAL MODELS OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES AND PROCESSES AT THE MOLECULAR LEVEL
Title: Evaluation of the Molecular Level Visualisation Approach for Teaching and Learning Chemistry in Thailand
Field of Research: CHEMICAL SCIENCES NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED; EDUCATION; OTHER NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES
Thesis: Evaluation of the Molecular Level Visualisation Approach for Teaching and Learning Chemistry in Thailand

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