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“The literacy load of science”

Welcome to the page ‘Brian Duckworth: Researcher’

Brian Duckworth has been teaching for some years and has just retired from teaching. He was working as a supply or casual teacher in schools on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. He believes that one of the difficulties involved in teaching and learning science is learning how to interpret and use the language of science.


He is an external, part-time student of the University of Newcastle, where he is working toward a Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education looking at the development of literacy in science in years 5 to 10, in students attending schools on the Sunshine Coast.


“The joy of discovery is certainly the liveliest that the mind of man can ever feel”

This page tells you how to return your survey after you completed it.

This is the survey you will be completing at "Think Literacy if you teach Year 5 and/or Year 6

"This is the survey you will be completing at "Think Literacy"if you work with science students in Years 7 to 10.

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Work History

Teaching Interests

 The Language of Science

Senior Geology


Junior Science (Years 7 to 10), particularly the lower ability groupings

1968 - 1984

New South Wales Department of Education Schools


1984 - 1987

The Scots College, Sydney


1988 - 1998

Christian Brothers, Burwood


1999 - 2004

St Andrews Cathedral School, Sydney

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