Barry J. Fraser

Barry J. Fraser
John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Research Interests

Main research interests: Science education; learning environments; educational evaluation

After a period as a secondary-school science and mathematics teacher in Melbourne, my first university appointments were at Monash University in Melbourne and Macquarie University in Sydney. In 1982, I moved to Curtin University in Perth where I still work today.

I have been the main supervisor/advisor for over 100 successfully-completed doctorates. My h-index is approximately 100 (Google Scholar).


  • Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), Australian College of Educators (ACE), Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), International Academy of Education (IAE)
  • President, National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST; 1995–1996)
  • Positions at Curtin University at various times: Head of School of Curriculum Studies; Dean of Graduate Studies for Faculty of Science and Engineering; Director of Science and Mathematics Education Centre; Director of national Key Centre for School Science and Mathematics


Monash, University 1976

Selected Publications and Editorial Roles

Fraser, B. J., Tobin, K. G., & McRobbie, C. J. (Eds.). (2012). Second international handbook of science education. New York: Springer Nature.

Zandvliet, D. B., & Fraser, B. J. (Eds.). (forthcoming). Thirty years of learning environments research: Looking back and looking forward. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Editor-in-Chief, Learning Environments Research: An International Journal. Springer Nature.

Co-editor, Advances in Learning Environments Research book series. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Contact Information

School of Education
Curtin University
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845
+61 8 9266 7896
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