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I’m focused on effective pedagogy in the science and maths classroom

Dr Harry Kanasa is a Lecturer in Science Education at Griffith University. With two decades of teaching experience he has taught students from prep to post graduate level. He specialises in science and mathematics education with a passion for exploring new pedagogies and sharing this with teachers. Harry has extensive experience with research partnerships having played a pivotal role in Griffith University’s project in leading change in the Junior Secondary transitions in Queensland schools. Harry recently created a video which highlights his experiences in using ePortfolios in a Master of Education course. The video can be found here.

“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. Teach a man to learn and he learns for a lifetime." This is one of my goals as a teacher educator - teach my students how to learn so they can become self-sufficient, lifelong learners, but more importantly, teach their own students how to become life long learners.

Dr Harry Kanasa

School of Education and Professional Studies

Lecturer in Science Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Scientific Literacy
  • STEM Education
  • Giftedness
  • Effective Pedagogy in Maths and Science Education

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Harry is available for speaking engagements, he has presented in the field of science all over Australia, a highlight includes:

  • (2015). Scaffolding experimental inquiry. CONASTA 64 – Annual conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association, Perth, WA.



Industry Experience

Harry is actively involved in the community highlighted by his involvement in science and mathematics gifted education with BRAINways. He teaches a diverse range of topics such as algebra for little hands, neuroanatomy, the physics of toys and calculus made easy amongst others. He also provides professional learning to schools on science and mathematics topics.

Professional Memberships:

  • ASERA - Australasian Science Educations Researchers Association
  • MERGA – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia


Research Expertise

Harry is highly engaged in research. His his interests focus around: Junior Secondary reform in Queensland Schools, Blended and online learning in Higher Education, Food Literacy in the early years, Australian Indigenous perspectives in the sciences and Inquiry based learning in the sciences.

Some of Harry’s publications include: see full list on my staff page

  • · (2018). Hidden Expectations Behind the Promise of the Flipped Classroom. College Teaching, 66(2), 49–59.
  • · (2017). Establishing and Maintaining Rapport in an Online, Higher Education Setting. In Student Engagement and Educational Rapport in Higher Education (pp. 67–85).
  • · (2017). Collaborating with stakeholders in STEM Studios. Presented at the CSCL 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (2017).
  • · (2016). Designing and Analysing STEM Studios for preservice teacher education. Presented at the ASCILITE 2016, Adelaide, Australia (2016).
  • · (2016). Beach safety education for primary school children. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 1–10.

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