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.Read more on Esther's profile
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.
mathematics education, science education, & information and communications technology in education with particular interest in Web-based learning, mobile technologies
Mathematics Association of Victoria
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
Primary and secondary mathematics education, numeracy across the curriculum, digital technologies, online learning
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)
Information and communications technology in education
Quantitative Data analysis
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
Mathematics Reasoning Research Group (MaRRG)
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
A/Prof Colleen Vale, Dr Sandra Herbert, Dr Leicha Bragg, Dr Wanty Widjaja, Dr Esther Loong
- 2017: $61,043
Thesis entitled: Using Inquiry-Based Learning to develop and assess Statistical Reasoning
Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education