Chris Commons

(Management Committee CEA 1983-8, President CEA 1986-8, CEA Chemical Educator 2004)

Chris was a senior member of staff at Scotch College, Hawthorn for 28 years. He has been actively involved in teaching, curriculum development and assessment for many years and has had extensive teaching experience in government and independent schools, on secondment to the Australian Council for Educational Research and the University of Melbourne as Lecturer in Chemistry Method, as well as teaching the Monash University Enhancement Chemistry course. Chris has co-authored and edited several Chemistry books, including Demonstrations for Secondary School Chemistry and the ACER Australian Chemistry Test Item Bank. He was the editor of the first three editions of Chemistry Two and, with Penny Commons, co-ordinating author for the fifth editions of Chemistry One and Chemistry Two. Penny and Chris are also co-ordinating authors and writers for the Victorian and Western Australian Lightbook Chemistry interactive digital texts for Years 11 and 12. He has been the Chief Examiner for the Victorian Certificate of Education Chemistry course and an examiner for the Higher School Certificate course. Chris was a member of the VISE, STAV and RACI Chemistry Committees and a past President of CEA.