Dr Esther Loong

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer In Maths Education

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

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

Contact

esther.loong@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 925 17074

Biography

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

Affiliations

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

Expertise

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

Conferences

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)

Awards

Early Career Award, MERGA 2003

Projects

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)

Publications

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2016

Online professional learning for rural teachers of mathematics and science

Dr Sandra Herbert, Dr Coral Campbell, Dr Esther Loong

(2016), Vol. 32, pp. 99-114, Australasian journal of educational technology, Tugun, QLD, 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

A primary teacher's developing understanding of mathematical reasoning

Dr Esther Loong

(2014), pp. 706-709, 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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Fostering mathematical understanding through physical and virtual manipulatives

Dr Esther Loong

(2014), Vol. 70, pp. 3-10, The Australian mathematics teacher, Adelaide, SA, C1

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Using the Internet in high school mathematics

Dr Esther Loong

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 108-126, Indonesian Mathematical Society journal on mathematics education, Palembang, Indonesia, C1

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2013

Increasing learner engagement of learning technologies and science TPACK through representational challenges

A/Prof Peter Hubber, Dr Esther Loong

(2013), pp. 83-112, Increasing student engagement and retention in e-learning environments : Web 2.0 and blended learning technologies, Bingley, England, B1-1

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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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Teaching 3-D geometry - the multi representational way

Sonja Kalbitzer, Dr Esther Loong

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 23-28, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide, SA, C1

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2012

Student perspectives of web-based mathematics

Dr Esther Loong, Dr Sandra Herbert

(2012), Vol. 53, pp. 117-126, International journal of educational research, Oxford, England, C1

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2011

Web-based mathematics : some 'dos' and 'don’ts'

Dr Esther Loong

(2011), Vol. 67, pp. 15-23, Australian mathematics teacher, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1

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How different is it really? – rural and urban primary students’ use of ICT in mathematics

Dr Esther Loong, Dr Brian Doig, A/Prof Susie Groves

(2011), Vol. 23, pp. 189-211, Mathematics education research journal, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1

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2010

Web-based mathematics : student perspectives

Dr Esther Loong

(2010), pp. 352-359, MERGA 2010 : Shaping the future of mathematics education : Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Fremantle, W. A., E1

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2009

Using web-based mathematical interactive exercises and exploratory investigations : the possibilities and pitfalls

Dr Esther Loong

(2009), pp. 1-8, MERGA 32 : Crossing divides : mathematics education research group of Australasia : Proceedings of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference 2009, Wellington, New Zealand, E1-1

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2007

An educational durian? Issues in teacher education in international collaboration

Dr Brian Doig, A/Prof Susie Groves, Wai Chong Choo, Dr Esther Loong

(2007), pp. 580-586, EARCOME4 2007 : Proceeding Fourth East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education: Meeting challenges of developing quality mathematics education, Penang, Malaysia, E1

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A problem-based learning project supported by the internet

Dr Esther Loong

(2007), pp. -, EARCOME4 2007 : Proceeding Fourth East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education: Meeting challenges of developing quality mathematics education, Penang, Malaysia, E1-1

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2004

Student perceptions of internet use in the mathematics classroom

Dr Esther Loong, Bruce White

(2004), pp. -, ACEC 2004 : Proceedings of the Australian Computers in Education Conference, Adelaide, 6-8 July 2004, Adelaide, S.Aust, E1-1

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2003

Australian secondary school teachers' use of the internet for mathematics

Dr Esther Loong

(2003), pp. 484-491, MERGA 26 : Proceedings of the 26th Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 6-10 July 2003, Geelong , Victoria, Geelong, Vic., E1-1

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Teaching mathematics and the web : a task-object approach

A Barnes, Dr Esther Loong

(2003), pp. -, Mathematics, making waves : proceedings of the Nineteenth Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Adelaide, S. Aust., E1-1

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Teaching mathematics using the internet

Dr Esther Loong, Bruce White

(2003), pp. 492-498, MERGA 26 : Proceedings of the 26th Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 6-10 July 2003, Geelong , Victoria, Geelong, Vic., E1-1

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Using the world wide web to teach mathematics in secondary school : some examples

Dr Esther Loong

(2003), Vol. 59, pp. 23-29, The Australian mathematics teacher, Adelaide, S. A., C1-1

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2001

Web mathematics anyone?

Dr Esther Loong

(2001), Vol. 2, pp. 216-222, International education journal, Adelaide, S. A., C1-1

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