Dr Gerry Rayner

Dr Gerry RaynerSenior Lecturer
Education-focussed academic
Coordinator 1st Year Biology

Bsc (Hons)
PhD (Monash)
Grad Cert Higher Education

Telephone: +61-3-9905- 5629, Fax: +61-3-9905-5613
E-mail: gerry.rayner@sci.monash.edu.au

Researcher Profile


As an education-focussed academic, my research interests focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning in tertiary science.  My specific areas of educational research include the following:

  • Inquiry-oriented learning and development of objective assessment of student practical skills;
  • Peer-assisted learning practices to improve student understanding and enhance the development of generic skills;
  • Strengthening alignment of curricula and student skills development between secondary and tertiary settings;
  • The use and effectiveness of information and communication technologies in enhancing tertiary science education;
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of academic mentorship programs;
  • Work integrated learning in the sciences.

Research projects

  • 2012: Integrating and scaffolding Inquiry-oriented learning in undergraduate science - a pilot project.  Faculty of Science Education Projects Grants Scheme.  $45,000. (with Dr Chris Thompson, School of Chemistry). 
  • 2011: Integrating online learning modules in biology and chemistry to enhance student preparation for and skills development in practical work.  Faculty of Science Education Projects Grants Scheme. $10,000
  • 2011: Conference funding - Strengthening alignment between secondary and tertiary biology education and enhancing student transitions in the sciencesALTC, $10,000
  • 2011: Monash Science Student-Industry Placement Program.  Monash Linkage for Learning and Teaching Grants Scheme. $20,000
  • 2010: Strengthening alignment between secondary and tertiary biology education and enhancing student transitions in the sciencesAustralian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), PP10-1816. $219,000
  • 2009: Linking Access with Achievement: The Science Access Monash Mentorship Program (SAMMP) $9,000
  • 2005: Training the Trainers. Implementation of training workshops to improve the accuracy, quality, and consistency of feedback on student written work. $5,000