Dr Christopher Blundell is a Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He teaches and coordinates two assessment units, and teaches leadership and digital pedagogies units. Chris also plays a pivotal role in QUT international capacity building short courses for international partners.
Chris also has 26 years experience as a secondary teacher. This includes 11 years as Academic Dean (executive level leader of curriculum, assessment and reporting) of a large, independent P-12 school recognised for innovation, leadership and educational excellence in digital learning. For 20 years, he contributed to curriculum development and assessment moderation processes with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), including 13 years as State Review Panel Chair for Earth Science. He also consulted on behalf of QCAA and Independent Schools Queensland on the draft Senior Earth and Environmental Science curriculum for the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Chris was an Expert Writing Team member for the new QCAA Earth and Environmental Science syllabus.
As an educator and researcher, Chris has actively explored the role of digital technologies in pedagogy, learning, and assessment. Chris’ research interests include the following.
Facilitating transformative professional learning using collaborative inquiry and design thinking.
Conceptualising and responding to the challenges of integrating digital technologies in teacher practice.
Exploring the interaction between pedagogies, curriculum and high-stakes assessment particular in senior schooling.
Innovation-focussed school leadership, and science and technology education.
Chris has published and presented his work at conferences, a doctoral exchange forum, and symposia and workshops for professional associations and schools.
Over his career, Chris has received numerous awards, including: QUT Real World Teaching Award, Award for Academic Excellence in Educational Leadership from the Australian Council of Educational Leadership Queensland, Griffith Award for Academic Excellence from Griffith University, Excellence in Teaching Award from Rotary Club Cleveland, and a BHP Science Teacher’s Award.