Professor Goodrum is an Emeritus Professor and Executive Director of Science by Doing at the Australian Academy of Science.
He is former Dean of Education of the University of Canberra and has been involved in many national and international activities in science education.
In 1998 he was a visiting scholar at the National Research Council in Washington DC working on a project examining inquiry and the National Science Education Standards.
He is presently Chair of the ACT Teacher Quality Institute. Professor Goodrum has been involved in many national projects including Australian Science Curriculum, Primary Investigations and the Australian School Science Education: National Action Plan 2008–12.