Dr Esther Loong



Lecturer In Education (Mathematics Education)


Faculty of Arts and Education


SoE Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Master of Educational Studies, University of South Australia, 1999
Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia, 2006


+61 3 925 17074


Dr Esther Loong has expertise in primary and secondary mathematics education as well as the use of digital technologies. Her research and teaching is informed by theories of interactivity between the organism and the environment; she utilises Vygotsky's idea of the Zone of Proximal Development and processes of scaffolding and interaction to enhance outcomes. Because of this theoretical perspective, her approach to research is often field-based. As a result of frequent use of a mixed methods approach in her research she is well versed with both statistical analysis software packages (e.g. SPSS and Excel) as well qualitative software packages ( e.g. NVivo and Transana). She is highly organised and works effectively with others as a team. She has worked with people from diverse ethnic backgrounds and brings high-level intercultural skills to her teaching and research.

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Career highlights

Early Career award (Joint) by Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2003..

Excellent Service Award by Malaysian Ministry of Education, 2000.

As Chairperson, led the Rajang Teachers’ College Mathematics Park Committee to win Second Prize in the prestigious international CASTME (Commonwealth Association of Science, Technology and Mathematics Educators) Award 1998/1999.

Research interests

mathematics education, science education, & information and communications technology in education with particular interest in Web-based learning, mobile technologies


Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Mathematics Association of Victoria
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers

Teaching interests

Primary and secondary mathematics education, numeracy across the curriculum, digital technologies, online learning

Units taught

ESM210 Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts

ESM410 Professional Practice and mathematics: Designing an Inclusive Program

EET330 Teaching with New Technologies

EXC425 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum

EXC725 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum (on campus and online unit)

Knowledge areas

Mathematics education

Information and communications technology in education

Educational research

Quantitative Data analysis


Information and Communications Technology in education in general. The use of digital technology in Mathematics Education.
  • Education


36th Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA 33) 7-11 July 2013, Melbourne.

Mathematics Association of Victoria Annual Conference,6-7 December, 2012. 

Mathematics Association of Victoria Annual Conference,2-3 December, 2010.

33rd Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA 33) 3-7 July 2010, Fremantle.

32nd Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA 32) 5-9 July 2010, Wellington.

East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education, Penang, 18-22 June 2007

Mathematics Association of Victoria Annual Conference, 7 & 8 December 2006.

Australian Computers in Education Conference, Adelaide, 6-8 July 2004.

26th Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA 26) 6-10 July 2003

19th Biennial conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, 13-17 January 2003

Australian Computers in Education Conference in Hobart, 11-13 July 2002

Research groups

Mathematics Reasoning Research Group (MaRRG)


Early Career Award, MERGA 2003


2012 Primary school teachers and students' perceptions and understanding of mathematical reasoning (Funded by Deakin University)

2012 Capturing the complexities of ICT use (Funded by Deakin University)

2011-2012 Online professional learning for rural teachers of Mathematics and Science (Funded by SiMERR (The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia))

2009 ICT Use in Primary School Mathematics (Funded by SiMERR & Deakin University)


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Other Public Sector Funding

Transition: Improved Literacy and Numeracy Outcomes (Successful strategies)

Dr Glenn Auld, Dr Esther Loong, Dr Wanty Widjaja, Dr Gaye Williams

  • 2015: $59,670

Industry and Other Funding

Assessing Reasoning

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

  • 2017: $61,043


Associate Supervisor

Murray Black

Thesis entitled: Using Inquiry-Based Learning to develop and assess Statistical Reasoning

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education