Paul Willis

B (Agricultural Science)(UQ), Grad Dip (Teaching [Secondary/ Science)]) (QUT)

Lecturer

Phone: 07 3347 7900
Email: pwillis@chc.edu.au

Paul is a passionate classroom teacher and teacher educator who encourages others to strive to be the best they can be through engaging and collaborative practices. Teaching others about food and fibre production and the importance of this industry to the Australian community and in particular school students is his greatest passion. Paul is fascinated by the relationship between classroom spaces and organisation, in particular outdoor learning spaces, and the role they play in learner engagement and agency. While still a technological work in progress he is always experimenting with ways to engage students using technology and digital pedagogies. Paul has 25 years of teaching in state schools and independent Christian schools as well as in recent years lecturing at QUT.

Research Interests

Factors affecting learner agency in outdoor learning environments in particular agriculture classrooms. How learning spaces affect student engagement and agency. What makes agriculture and kitchen garden programs so successful. Factors that affect the success of preservice teachers transitioning to their own classrooms.

Professional Affiliations

Registered Teacher with QCT Member of Qld Agriculture Teachers Association Member of Science Teachers Association of Qld

Personal Interests

Encouraging others to be great teachers. How to improve my skills as a technological work in progress and include others in my journey. Preparing and presenting stud beef cattle for exhibiting.

Publications

Proceedings

Willis, J., Beutel, D.A., Welch, A., & Willis, P. (2012). Becoming professionals: Partnerships reshaping preservice teachers’ transition to full-time teaching. Proceedings of The Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) 2012 Conference; Conference Handbook & Abstracts, Samford Grand Adelaide (Glenelg), Adelaide.

Reports

Millwater, J., & Willis, P. (2011). TEDD: Analysis of school based experiences for EDB024 Final field practices unit for B. Ed (Primary) students. Final report for the Teacher Education Done Differently project, QUT, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Presentations

Willis, P. (2012). Out of our comfort zone: How can collaborate engage students in inclusive teaching practices. Paper presented at QUT Vice Chancellor’s “Making Connections” Innovation Showcase, QUT, Brisbane.

Presentations

Willis, P. (2012). Out of our comfort zone: How can collaborate engage students in inclusive teaching practices. Paper presented at QUT Vice Chancellor’s “Making Connections” Innovation Showcase, QUT, Brisbane.