Dr Shelley Dole
Dr Shelley Dole is a senior lecturer in mathematics education at The University of Queensland. She teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programs. Shelley is an experienced classroom teacher having taught in primary and secondary schools in Victoria, Northern Territory, and Queensland. She has been a tertiary educator and mathematics education researcher for over 10 years and has worked in tertiary institutions in Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria. Shelley's research interests include students' mathematical learning difficulties, misconceptions and conceptual change; assessment in mathematics; middle years mathematics curriculum; mental computation; and developing proportional reasoning and multiplicative thinking within the study of rational number. She has been involved in several major research projects in a range of fields relevant to mathematics education, including mental computation; students' invented algorithms, early years literacy and numeracy and distance education; middle years literacy and numeracy for ‘at-risk’ students. Her research interests focus particularly on promoting students' conceptual understanding of mathematics to encourage success and enjoyment of mathematical investigations in school.
Dr Tony Wright
Dr Tony Wright is a lecturer in science education in the School of Education at the University of Queensland. He teaches in both the secondary and middle years of schooling programs as well as lecturing in chemistry in the School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences. He has worked as a journalist, a research chemist and has taught in high schools and universities in England and New Zealand as well as Australia. His current research involves topics that relate to science education and examine student learning in science, assessment in science education, teacher professional learning in both school and university settings and the use of information and communication technologies to support learning. He has presented his work in England, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Austria as well as New Zealand and Australia. He teaches in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in science education as well as working teachers in schools.
Professor Doug Clarke
Following ten years as a high school mathematics teacher, Doug jointly coordinated the Australian Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching Program, before joining ACU in 1989. He completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin in 1993 ("The changing role of the mathematics teacher"). From 1999 to 2002, he directed the Early Numeracy Research Project, for the three Victorian educational sectors, involving 70 schools, 353 teachers, and over 11,000 students. Doug directs the Mathematics Teaching and Learning Research Centre, based at the Melbourne Campus. He is currently directing the Contemporary Teaching and Learning of Mathematics Project for the Catholic Education Office (Melbourne), 2008-2012.
Dr Geoff Hilton
Geoff is an experienced classroom teacher, having taught in primary classrooms for over 30 years. Geoff is currently completing his PhD at The University of Queensland and is a member of the MCSAM research team. Geoff's research field is on the use of digital technologies for assessment purposes. More specifically, Geoff has been researching students' creation of written texts in digital mode (video and digital photographs) as a means of displaying knowledge and understanding. Through interaction with these media, students revisit key concepts as they create video or digital posters (PowerPoint) of their learning. In this project, Geoff researched students' cognitions as they explored the balance beam.