AsPr Colleen Vale

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor In 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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2016

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

Sharyn Livy, A/Prof Colleen Vale, Dr Sandra Herbert

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

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Equity, social justice and ethics in mathematics education

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Bill Atweh, R Averill, Dr Andrew Skourdoumbis

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

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

A/Prof Susie Groves, Dr Brian Doig, A/Prof Colleen Vale, Dr Wanty Widjaja

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

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2015

A framework for primary teachers’ perceptions of mathematical reasoning

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

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

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2014

Developing noticing of reasoning through demonstration lessons

Dr Leicha Bragg, A/Prof Colleen 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, Adelaide, S. A., E1

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2013

Primary school teachers’ perceptions of mathematical reasoning

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

(2013), pp. 466-473, MERGA 2013 : Mathematics education: yesterday, today and tomorrow : Proceedings of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2013 conference ), Melbourne, Vic, E1

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

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Sharyn Livy

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

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

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Mary Weaven, Anne Davies, Neil Hooley, Kristy Davidson, Daniel Loton

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

journal

Equivalence and relational thinking: opportunities for professional learning

A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

journal
2012

Equity, diversity, social justice and ethics in mathematics education

Bill Atweh, A/Prof Colleen Vale, Margaret 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

Md Kabirul Islam, A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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2011

Using assessment data : does gender make a difference?

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Kristy Davidson, Anne Davies, Neil Hooley, Daniel Loton, Mary 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 Co, Adelaide, S. Aust., E1-1

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

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Alasdair McAndrew, Dr Siva Krishnan

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

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Learning cultures of problem-based learning teams

Dr Siva Krishnan, R. Gabb, A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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

Sharyn Livy, A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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2010

Gender mainstreaming : maintaining attention on gender equality

A/Prof Colleen 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

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Mary Weaven, Anne Davies, Neil 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

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

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Anne Davies, Mary Weaven, Neil Hooley, Kristy Davidson, Daniel Loton

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

journal

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

A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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Technology for mathematics education : equity, access and agency

Dr Helen Forgasz, A/Prof Colleen Vale, Sonia Ursini

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

chapter
2008

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

Siti Azisah, A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Alasdair 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

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

Bjorn Schwarz, Issic K. C. Leung, Nils Buchholtz, Dr Gabriele Kaiser, Dr Gloria Stillman, Jill P Brown, A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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Gender and mathematics : theoretical frameworks and findings

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Hannah Bartholomew

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

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2007

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

A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

conference

Life in PBL : two PBL teams

Dr Siva Krishnan, A/Prof Colleen Vale, R. Gabb

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

conference

Dean's great discovery : multiplication, division and fractions

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Anne Davies

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

journal

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

Dr Siva Krishnan, A/Prof Colleen Vale, R. Gabb

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

conference

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

Prof Merrilyn Goos, Dr Gloria Stillman, A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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2006

Equity and technology : a case study

A/Prof Colleen Vale

(2006), pp. 512-518, Identities, cultures and learning spaces : proceedings of the 29th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Pymble, N. S. W., E1-1

conference

Effects of blended online learning on students performance in vocational mathematics

Syed Javed, A/Prof Colleen 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

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Anne Davies

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

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2004

Gender and mathematics : back to the future?

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Dr Helen Forgasz, Marj Horne

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

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

A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Gilah Leder

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

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2003

Computers in mathematics : a super highway to social justice?

A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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2002

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

A/Prof Colleen 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?

A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

journal

Numeracy intervention in the middle years

A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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2001

The "strugglers" in selected computer based mathematics classrooms

A/Prof Colleen Vale

(2001), pp. -, 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

Dr Helen Forgasz, Gilah Leder, A/Prof Colleen 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

A/Prof Colleen Vale

(1999), pp. -, 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., Coldstream, Vic., E1-1

conference

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

A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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1998

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

A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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1997

Cornflakes and assessment

A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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Geeks and nerds : computers, gender and the mathematics classroom

A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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1996

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

S. Osborne, A. Petalas, A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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1993

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

A/Prof Colleen 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, Kelvin Grove, Qld., E1-1

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1987

Negotiating a mathematics course

A/Prof Colleen Vale

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

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