Anthony Sperring

BSc(Sydney), BA(Sydney), DipEd(Sydney), MScSoc(UNSW)

Honorary Senior Lecturer in Science Education


Phone: +61 2 9351 2608

Fax: +61 2 9351 2606

Building.Room: A35.416


science teaching, science education, chemistry education, chemistry teaching, philosophy of science

Professional biography

Tony has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Chemistry, Science Education, Science Pedagogy and the History and Philosophy of Science at Sydney Teachers College, the Sydney College of Advanced Education and the University of Sydney. He was the chairperson of the Science Education department in the Sydney Institute of Education from 1991 - 1993 and in the Faculty of Education from 1993 - 1999 and was a member of the University of Sydney Academic Board from 1992 - 1996. He was coordinator of secondary science education courses in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the Faculty of Education and Social Work from 1990 - 2010.

From 2003 - 2007 he was the coordinator of the secondary program of the Master of Teaching/Bachelor of Teaching degrees and in 2008 was program director for the Bachelor of Teaching/Master of Teaching programs. He was also the website Coordinator for the Faculty of Education and Social Work from 2003 - 2007. Following his retirement as a full-time member of staff at the university in August 2010, he has taken up 3-year appointment an honorary lecturer within the faculty.

He has particular interests in curriculum design for secondary school science, problem-based learning in science, the teaching of chemistry, e-Learning and the place of history and philosophy of science in high school science curricula. He has been a tertiary science education representative and consultant to the NSW Board of Studies for the Stage 4-5 Science and the Stage 6 Chemistry syllabuses, and has been a member of NSW Higher School Certificate Examination Committees. He is the author of several books on high school chemistry and chemistry teaching.

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Sutherland, L, Scanlon, L, Sperring, A. (2005). New directions in preparing professionals: examining issues in engaging students in communities of practice through a school-university partnership. Teaching and Teacher Education, 21, 79–92.