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|Position||Associate Professor in Mathematics Education|
|Area||School of Education|
|Phone||+61 3 924 46390|
|Teaching responsibilities||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.|
|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. 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, has been an on-going and developing interest.|
|Current research projects||Colleen recently completed an evaluation of the "Victorian Literacy and Numeracy Pilot for Low Socio-economic School Communities" a project jointly funded by DEECD and DEEWR. She is currently working on building a new project with secondary schools to further develop capacity and leadership for improving secondary mathematics learning and teaching in low socio-economic school communities. Also she is working with colleagues from other universities investigate practice- and school-based approaches to mathematics teacher education.|
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.
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Mathematical Association of Victoria
Vale, C. (2012). Book review: Brodie, K.: Teaching Mathematical Reasoning in Secondary School Classrooms. ZDM International Reviews on Mathematics Education, 44(1).