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About the Editor / Presenter

Dr Peter H. Eastwell PhD (Science Education), BSc (Honours, Phys. Chem.), DipEd, MRACI, MACE, C. Chem is Editor of The Science Education Review and Presenter, Science Time Education.

Peter enjoyed viewing coral during a tour of the Torres Strait Islands.

Peter's experience as a science educator began in 1978. He taught full-time in Queensland state and independent schools for over 17 years, 12 as Head of Science. He enjoyed his work in the classroom immensely, and documented some of it by authoring the textbook Physics Spectrum: Constructing an Understanding of Physics (McGraw-Hill), which promotes a constructivist approach to the learning of senior physics. He also completed doctoral studies on the effects of enrichment and extracurricular science activities on secondary students.

Dr Eastwell's students have been very successful in both State and National science competitions, including being National winners in both the 1996 and 1997 Earthworm Environmental Awards for scientific research. He has received a Service to Science Education Award (Science Teachers Association of Queensland), a BHP Science Teacher Award, and was a finalist in the 1999 Allen Strom Eureka Prize for Environmental Education Programs.

Since 1997, Peter has been self-employed as the Director of Science Time Education , conducting science programs for students and workshops/seminars for teachers. He is a registered Science and Technology Communicator, an accredited Primary Investigations and Crest Awards trainer, and has authored broadly in the area of science education. With a deep passion for science education that students find contagious, he enjoys nothing more than sharing his fascination for the scientific principles that govern our world.

Away From Science Education

Life away from science education revolves largely around family activities on the farm with wife Jan and son Brent, together with their dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and poultry. Peter has long been involved in equestrian sports, having come through the pony club, showing, and showjumping ranks, and is an Equestrian Federation of Australia accredited showjumping course designer and judge. He enjoys educating young horses for the Olympic disciplines, and his present mount Sir Logan is a superbly-natured 17.2 h Warmblood who doubles as one of the family pets.

Brent and Mi Ayeska were in the winner's
circle at the State Interschool Dressage Championships.
Tegan, Brodie, Shogun, and
Brent enjoyed Christmas.
Jan helping to load up
after another day out.
Sir Logan and Peter in
the dressage arena.
During earlier years, Peter competed in athletics and played rugby league. While with Brisbane Wests, he was honoured to be chosen to represent Queensland in the 1978 Queensland vs New South Wales rugby league three-match interstate series.