Erin Siostrom | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Erin Siostrom

M.Ed, QUT, GCert Biostatistics, UQ, B.Ed, USC, B.Sci, USC.

  • Associate Lecturer STEM
  • School of Education and Tertiary Access
+61 7 5456 3131
Office location
Moreton Bay
Erin Siostrom

Erin Siostrom is an educator and science education researcher. Over the past decade, she has taught in secondary and tertiary institutions throughout Queensland, and currently teaches into the School of Education and Tertiary Access as an Associate Lecturer. She coordinates into STEM enabling courses for the Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) and STEM Initial Teacher Education programs for future senior science teachers. Her research interests include STEM education, education policy and non-traditional entrants into STEM teaching careers and STEM tertiary education pathways.

Professional Memberships 

  • Member of Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA)


  • Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Professional Social Media

Research areas

  • STEM education
  • Science and STEM education participation and pathways
  • • STEM teacher motivation

Teaching areas

Featured publications
  • Siostrom, E, Mills, R, Bourke, T. (2023). A scoping review of factors that influence career changers’ motivations and decisions when considering teaching. Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice.
  • Siostrom, E, Mills, R, Bourke, T. (2023, May). Working with kids, being passionate about a subject, making a difference: what makes people switch careers to teaching? The Conversation.
  • Siostrom, E. (2022, December 27). 4 creepy crawlies you’ll see more of this wet summer – and one iconic beetle you’ll probably miss. The Conversation. 
  • Mills, R, Bourke, T., & Siostrom, E. (2020). Complexity and Contradiction: Disciplinary Expert Teachers in Primary Science and Mathematics Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, 89, 1-12. 
  • Bourke, T., Mills, R., & Siostrom, E. (2020). Origins of Primary Specialisation in Australian Education Policy: What’s the Problem Represented to Be?’, Australian Educational Researcher , 47(5), 725-740. 

Erin's specialist areas of expertise are STEM education, science specialism and the role of lived experiences in STEM participation and pathway.

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