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A/Prof. Colleen Vale

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Position

Associate Professor of Education (Mathematics Education)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), La Trobe University, 2001

Contact

colleen.vale@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46390

Research interests

Colleen's research interests are focused on improving the quality of mathematics teaching and learning and ensuring equity and social justice in mathematics education. Her current research projects focus on mathematical reasoning and problem solving approaches that enhance teacher quality and learner engagement.

Social constructivism and feminist theories both postmodern and critical inform her research. Colleen has used various qualitative methodologies including ethnography and collaborative practitioner research to investigate classroom culture and discourse, teaching practices including the use of digital technologies, teachers' pedagogical and content knowledge and more recently instructional leadership and reform in mathematics teaching.

Throughout her career pre-service mathematics teacher education, both primary and secondary, along with professional learning for in-field and out-of-field teachers have been an on-going interest.

Affiliations

Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Mathematical Association of Victoria

Teaching interests

Colleen teaches various units concerning mathematics education in pre-service and post-graduate courses.

She is an experienced supervisor of doctoral students, with eight doctoral completions. She is currently supervising four doctoral students.

Knowledge areas

Mathematics education

Research training

Professional activities

Editor: Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, published by Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, with Leicha Bragg and Gaye Williams

Research groups

Mathematical Reasoning Emerging Research Group, Deakin University

Awards

2008 Winner of the Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing in the Tertiary Scholarly Reference category for Goos, M., Stillman, G. & Vale, C. (2007). Teaching Secondary School Mathematics: Research and practice for the 21st century. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.


1999 Victoria Teacher Credit Union: Teaching Initiatives Program Award for FUN@SUN a mathematics professional learning program for teachers of primary mathematics.

Projects

Current projects concern professional learning of teachers regarding mathematical reasoning and the use of problem solving approaches to teaching of mathematics. The professional learning models that are the focus of these studies promote collaboration and deliberative reflection and include Japanese Lesson Study and demonstration lessons. Colleen continues to include an equity and social justice element to her research and is working on a second edition of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics with co-authors. 

Publications

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2017

Teachers' professional growth through engagement with lesson study

W Widjaja, C Vale, S Groves, B Doig

(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 357-383, Journal of mathematics teacher education, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Children's mathematical reasoning: opportunities for developing understanding and creative thinking

C Vale, L Bragg, W Widjaja, Herbert, Loong

(2017), Vol. 22, pp. 3-8, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide, SA, C1

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Mapping variation in children's mathematical reasoning: the case of 'What else belongs?'

C Vale, W Widjaja, E Herbert, Y Loong, L Bragg

(2017), Vol. 15, pp. 873-894, International journal of science and mathematics education, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Tracking change in primary teachers' understanding of mathematical reasoning through demonstration lessons

E Loong, C Vale, S Herbert, L Bragg, W Widjaja

(2017), Vol. 19.1, pp. 5-29, Mathematics teacher education and development, Bruce, A.C.T., C1

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2016

Developing primary pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge during practicum teaching

S Livy, C Vale, E Herbert

(2016), Vol. 41, pp. 152-173, Australian journal of teacher education, Joondalup, W.A., C1

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Mapping variation in children's mathematical reasoning: the case of 'what else belongs?'

C Vale, W Widjaja, S Herbert, L Bragg, E Loong

(2016), Vol. 15, pp. 1-22, International journal of science and mathematics education, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Critical factors in the adaptation and implementation of Japanese Lesson Study in the Australian context

S Groves, B Doig, C Vale, W Widjaja

(2016), Vol. 48, pp. 501-512, ZDM: The international journal on mathematics education, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Equity, social justice and ethics in mathematics education

C Vale, B Atweh, R Averill, A Skourdoumbis

(2016), pp. 97-119, Research in mathematics education in Australasia 2012-2015, Berlin, Germany, B1

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Professional learning in mathematical reasoning: reflections of a primary teacher

E Herbert, C Vale, L Bragg, E Loong, W Widjaja

(2016), pp. 277-284, MERGA 2016: Proceedings of the 39th Conference for Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: Opening Up Mathematics Education Research, Adelaide, S. Aust., E1

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Primary teachers notice the impact of language on children's mathematical reasoning

L Bragg, E Herbert, E Loong, C Vale, W Widjaja

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 523-544, Mathematics education research journal, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

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2015

Promoting reasoning through the magic V task

L Bragg, W Widjaja, Loong, C Vale, E Herbert

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 10-14, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide, S.Aust., C1

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A framework for primary teachers' perceptions of mathematical reasoning

E Herbert, C Vale, L Bragg, Loong, W Widjaja

(2015), Vol. 74, pp. 26-37, International journal of educational research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Tracking the professional learning of primary teachers' mathematical reasoning

Y Loong, C Vale, S Herbert, L Bragg, W Widjaja

(2015), Vol. 1, pp. 183-183, Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education., Hobart, Tas., E1-1

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2014

Developing noticing of reasoning through demonstration lessons

L Bragg, C Vale

(2014), pp. 698-701, MERGA 2014 : Curriculum in focus: research guided practice : Proceedings of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2014 annual conference, Sydney, N. S. W., E1

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2013

Growth in literacy and numeracy achievement : evidence and explanations of a summer slowdown in low socio-economic schools

C Vale, M Weaven, A Davies, N Hooley, K Davidson, D Loton

(2013), Vol. 40, pp. 1-25, Australian educational researcher, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Bringing joy and success to classes through student-centred teaching of mathematics

C Vale, S Livy

(2013), pp. 90-108, Engaging the disengaged : inclusive approaches to teaching the least advantaged, Port Melbourne, Vic., B1

chapter

Primary school teachers' perceptions of mathematical reasoning

E Loong, C Vale, L Bragg, S Herbert

(2013), pp. 466-473, Proceedings of the 36th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2013 conference, Melbourne, Vic., E1

conference

Equivalence and relational thinking: opportunities for professional learning

C Vale

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 34-40, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide, S.A., C1

journal

Primary teachers' algebraic thinking: example from lesson study

C Vale

(2013), Vol. 1, pp. 719-722, MERGA 2013 : Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Melbourne, Victoria, E1

conference
2012

Equity, diversity, social justice and ethics in mathematics education

B Atweh, C Vale, M Walshaw

(2012), pp. 39-65, Research in mathematics education in Australasia 2008-2011, Rotterdam, Netherlands, B1

chapter

The teacher's role in promoting online peer group learning

M Islam, C Vale

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 87-96, International journal of information and communication technology research, Pakistan, C1

journal
2011

Using assessment data : does gender make a difference?

C Vale, K Davidson, A Davies, N Hooley, D Loton, M Weaven

(2011), pp. 736-743, Mathematics : traditions and (new) practices : proceedings of the AAMT-MERGA conference held in Alice Springs, 3-7 July 2011, incorporating the 23rd Biennial Conference of The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc. and the 34th Annual Confere, Alice Springs, N.T., E1-1

conference

Learning cultures of problem-based learning teams

S Krishnan, R Gabb, C Vale

(2011), Vol. 17, pp. 67-78, Australasian journal of engineering education, Crows Nest, N.S.W., C1-1

journal

First year pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge : methods of solution to a ratio question

S Livy, C Vale

(2011), Vol. 13, pp. 22-43, Mathematics teacher education and development, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1-1

journal

Connecting with the horizon : developing teachers' appreciation of mathematical structure

C Vale, A McAndrew, S Krishnan

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 193-212, Journal of mathematics teacher education, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2010

Gender mainstreaming : maintaining attention on gender equality

C Vale

(2010), pp. 111-143, International perspective on gender and mathematics education, Charlotte, N. C., B1-1

chapter

Student centred approaches : teachers' learning and practice

C Vale, M Weaven, A Davies, N Hooley

(2010), pp. 571-578, Shaping the future of mathematics education : proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Fremantle, W. A., E1-1

conference

Supporting 'out-of-field' teachers of secondary mathematics

C Vale

(2010), Vol. 66, pp. 17-24, Australian mathematics teacher, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1-1

journal

Leadership to improve mathematics outcomes in low SES schools and school networks

C Vale, A Davies, M Weaven, N Hooley, K Davidson, D Loton

(2010), Vol. 12, pp. 47-71, Mathematics teacher education and development, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1-1

journal

Technology for mathematics education : equity, access and agency

H Forgasz, C Vale, S Ursini

(2010), pp. 385-403, Mathematics education and technology - rethinking the terrain, New York, N. Y., B1-1

chapter
2008

Gender and mathematics : theoretical frameworks and findings

C Vale, H Bartholomew

(2008), pp. 271-290, Research in mathematics education in Australasia 2004-2007, Rotterdam, Netherlands, B1-1

chapter

Deepening the mathematical knowledge of secondary mathematics teachers who lack tertiary mathematics qualifications

C Vale, A McAndrew

(2008), pp. 539-545, Navigating currents and charting directions : proceedings of the 31st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference

Gender mainstreaming in Islamic primary schools in South Sulawesi, Indonesia : a textbook analysis

S Azisah, C Vale

(2008), Vol. 42, pp. 55-79, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian affairs, Canberra, A. C. T., C1-1

journal

Future teachers' professional knowledge on argumentation and proof : a case study from universities in three countries

B Schwarz, I Leung, N Buchholtz, G Kaiser, G Stillman, J Brown, C Vale

(2008), Vol. 40, pp. 791-811, ZDM, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

journal
2007

Life in PBL : two PBL teams

S Krishnan, C Vale, R Gabb

(2007), Proceedings of the 18th conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : 9-13 December 2007, Melbourne, Australia, 2007, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference

I would like to change the world, but they wouldn't let me have the source code

S Krishnan, C Vale, R Gabb

(2007), iCEER 2007 : Proceedings of 2007 International Conference on Engineering Education and Research : Advances and Innovations in Engineering Education and Research, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

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Pedagogical practices with digital technologies : pre-service and practicing teachers

C Vale

(2007), pp. 727-734, Mathematics : essential research, essential practice : proceedings of the 30th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Hobart, Tas., E1-1

conference

Dean's great discovery : multiplication, division and fractions

C Vale, A Davies

(2007), Vol. 12, pp. 18-22, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1-1

journal

Teaching secondary school mathematics : research and practice for the 21st century

M Goos, G Stillman, C Vale

(2007), Crows Nest, N. S. W., A1-1

book
2006

Equity and technology : a case study

C Vale

(2006), pp. 512-518, Identities, cultures and learning spaces : proceedings of the 29th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Canberra, A. C. T., E1-1

conference

Effects of blended online learning on students performance in vocational mathematics

S Javed, C Vale

(2006), Vol. 2, pp. 143-154, International journal of technology, knowledge and society, Altona, Vic., C1-1

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2005

Glimpses of generative practice : constructing pre-service teachers' learning in partnership

C Vale, A Davies

(2005), pp. 743-750, Building connections : research, theory and practice : proceedings of the annual conference held at RMIT, Melbourne, 7th-9th July 2005, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference
2004

First of all, I split the 24 : strategies for mental computation

C Vale

(2004), pp. 75-80, APMC selected writings, 1997 - 2001, Adelaide, S. Aust., B1-1

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Gender and mathematics : back to the future?

C Vale, H Forgasz, M Horne

(2004), pp. 75-102, Review of research in mathematics education in Australasia 2000 - 2003, Flaxton, Qld., B1-1

chapter

Student views of computer based-mathematics in the middle years : does gender make a difference?

C Vale, G Leder

(2004), Vol. 56, pp. 287-312, Educational studies in mathematics, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2003

Computers in mathematics : a super highway to social justice?

C Vale

(2003), pp. 277-301, Which way social justice in mathematics education?, Westport, Conn., B1-1

chapter
2002

Numeracy intervention in the middle years

C Vale

(2002), pp. 284-293, Valuing mathematics in society, Brunswick, Vic., B1-1

chapter

Girls back off mathematics again : the views and experiences of girls in computer based mathematics

C Vale

(2002), Vol. 14, pp. 52-68, Mathematics education research journal, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1-1

journal

What do education students value in primary mathematics curriculum?

C Vale

(2002), Vol. 4, pp. 28-42, Mathematics teacher education and development, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1-1

journal
2001

The 'strugglers' in selected computer based mathematics classrooms

C Vale

(2001), Numeracy and beyond : proceedings of the 24th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Sydney, N. S. W., E1-1

conference
2000

Gender and mathematics : changing perspectives

H Forgasz, G Leder, C Vale

(2000), pp. 305-340, Research in mathematics education in Australasia 1996-1999, Turramurra, N. S. W., B1-1

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1999

Meaningful mathematics in the middle years

C Vale

(1999), In Global Issues & Local Effects : The challenge for Educational Research : Proceedings of Annual Conference of AARE and NZARE, Melbourne, Australia, 29th November - 2nd December, 1999., Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference

First of all I split the 24 : strategies for mental computation

C Vale

(1999), Vol. 4, pp. 18-22, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1-1

journal
1998

Computers are taking mathematics into the next century : gender differences in attitudes of secondary mathematics students to the use of computers

C Vale

(1998), pp. 629-636, Teaching mathematics in new times : proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Gold Coast, Qld., E1-1

conference
1997

Geeks and nerds : computers, gender and the mathematics classroom

C Vale

(1997), pp. 546-552, People in mathematics education : proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated, Aotearoa, N. Z., E1-1

conference

Cornflakes and assessment

C Vale

(1997), Mathematics : Imagine the Possibilities : Proceedings of the 34th Conference of the Mathematics Association of Victoria, Monash University 4-5th December, 1997, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference
1996

Using calculators to collect data about cars with prep/one children

S Osborne, A Petalas, C Vale

(1996), Vol. 11, pp. 25-27, Prime number, Brunswick, Vic., C1-1

journal
1993

Sex differences in achievement in year 12 mathematics and non-routine problem solving

C Vale

(1993), pp. 563-567, Contexts in Mathematics Education : Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA), Brisbane July 9 - 13, 1993 Brisbane, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference
1987

Negotiating a mathematics course

C Vale

(1987), South Melbourne, Vic., A1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Out-of-field Teaching: Sustaining Quality Practices Across Subjects

Dr Linda Hobbs, Dr Whannell Robert, Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Colleen Vale, Dr Frances Quinn, Dr Coral Campbell, Dr Terry Lyons

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2017: $47,648
  • 2016: $39,278
  • 2015: $43,250

Other Public Sector Funding

Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - Literature Review

A/Prof Colleen Vale, A/Prof Damian Blake, Dr Glenn Auld, Dr Leicha Bragg, A/Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Trace Ollis, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Sarah Ohi, Dr Gaye Williams

  • 2013: $54,420

Secondary STEM Catalysts: professional learning program

A/Prof Peter Hubber, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Coral Campbell, A/Prof Colleen Vale, Dr John Cripps Clark, Dr Linda Hobbs, Dr Peta White, Dr Gaye Williams

  • 2017: $295,146
  • 2016: $48,403

Industry and Other Funding

Assessing Reasoning

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Dr Sandra Herbert, Dr Leicha Bragg, Dr Wanty Widjaja, Dr Esther Loong

  • 2017: $85,460

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2014

Sharyn Lee Livy

Thesis entitled: Development and contributing factors in primary pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education