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I am passionate about assessment! It signifies what we value in the curriculum and it is the basis of how we learn. My research and teaching focus is on quality, school-based assessment that supports and enriches learning

Katie began her career in education as a Secondary Science teacher in North Queensland where she enjoyed thirteen years teaching and heading up school science departments. A move to Sydney opened up an opportunity to return to university to undertake a Masters Degree in Education specialising in Curriculum Studies. This was followed up with a PhD at the University of Queensland that examined the New Basics Curriculum under the supervision of Professor Allan Luke. That was 10 years ago and that research inspired Katie’s passion for assessment. Her academic career includes employment as a lecturer in middle years at QUT, teacher professional experience at SCU and now a senior lecturer in assessment at Griffith University.  

Dr Katie Weir

School of Education and Professional Studies

Senior Lecturer in Assessment and Curriculum

Fields of Expertise

  • Curriculum
  • Educational Assessment
  • Educational Reform
  • Middle Years Education

Industry Experience

Katie's teaching background gave her experience teaching secondary science, maths and marine studies. She was also a head of department for science during this time. Katie is an educational consultant having offered professional development both nationally and internationally. Some of her previous partnerships include Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ); Independent Schools South Australia; Papua New Guinea Department of Education; Ministries of Education in Malayasia, Vietnman, Papua New Guinea and Nauru. 

Research Expertise

Katie’s research interests are focused on assessment theory and design and extend to curriculum theory, middle schooling, higher education and educational policy analysis. Her research highlights include significant projects for State and Federal Departments of Education such as: 

  • Evaluation of Endorsement Trial for Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), 2016
  • Development of a set of principles to guide a P-12 syllabus framework for the QSA, 2008
  • Developing Lifelong Learners in the Middle Years of Schooling with Professor Donna Pendergast for Ministerial Council of Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA), 2005
  • Beyond the Middle: A report about LIteracy & Numeracy Development of Target Group Students in the Middle Years of Schooling for Department of Education Science and Training, 2003

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