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Dr. Gaye Williams
|Area||School of Education|
|Phone||+61 3 924 46629|
|Role and profile||
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education, Deakin University, Burwood Campus.
Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, hosted by the International Centre for Classroom Research (ICCR), University of Melbourne (Honorary Senior Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School).
Secondary Mathematics Education Curriculum Studies.
Supervision of PhD and MEd research students.
"The role of optimism during collaborative problem solving: Building problem solving capacity"
PhD: Submitted 2005, Confirmed 2006 (See URL Link 1)
Williams, G. (2005). Improving intellectual and affective quality in mathematics lessons: How autonomy and spontaneity enable creative and insightful thinking.
Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
MEd Thesis: Collaborative Problem Solving in Mathematics: The nature and function of task complexity (See URL Link 3)
|Current research projects||
ARC Discovery Project 2009-2012.
Longitudinal video-stimulated interview study across Grade 4/5/6 classrooms to study optimistic activity, how optimism builds, and links between increased optimism and increased problem solving capacity.
Pilot to this (Deakin Central Research Grant): Collaborative problem solving in small groups with intermittent whole class feedback (Class Collaboration) intended to lead to the creative development of mathematical insight. Study examines the role of optimism in collaborative creation of mathematical ideas and concepts.
|Service to the University,
discipline or community
Faculty of Arts and Education Ethics Committe
One of five AAMT representatives providing feedback to Professor Peter Sullivan
on responses from forum on the Framing Paper to the National Curriculum:
Mathematics (late 2008, early 2009).
2009 Dean's Award: Best Early Career Researcher, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University.
2008 Australian Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship (2009-2012)
2007 Chancellor's Prize, University of Melbourne
2006 Doctoral Thesis Award for Research in Education, AARE (Australian Association for Research in Education)
2002 Mathematical Association of Victoria PhD Research Scholarship
2001-2003 Dept. Science and Mathematics Eduction (University of Melb) Post Graduate Research Scholarship.
2000 Early Career Award, MERGA (Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia)
1997 Victorian Representative for Innovative Mathematics Teaching, AAMT (Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers)
1994 Victorian Award for Excellence in Teaching, NIETA (National Excellence in Teaching)
Doctor of Philosophy (University of Melbourne)
Master of Education (University of Melbourne)
Bachelor of Science (University of Melbourne)
Trained Secondary Teachers' Certificate (University of Melbourne)
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Deakin University)
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
International Group for Research into the Psychology of Mathematics Education.
Mathematical Association of Victoria
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
Australian Association of Researchers in Education.
Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference (PME):
2001 Netherlands, 2002 UK, 2003 Hawaii, 2004 Norway, 2005 Australia, 2006 Czech Republic, 2007 Korea, 2008 Mexico, Greece 2009, Brazil, 2010, Turkey, 2011
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA): (1997, 2000-2003; 2005-2011)
AARE (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009)
MAV (all except 2008)
AAMT (1997, 1999, 2001, 2011)
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS. SEE DRO FOR FULL LISTING
Williams, G. (2011). Relationships between cognitive, social, and optimistic mathematical problem solving activity. In B. Ubuz (Ed.). Proceedings of the 35th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, (Vol. 4, pp. 345-352), Ankara, Turkey: PME.
Williams, G. (2011). Building Optimism in Prospective Mathematics Teachers: Psychological Characteristics Enabling Flexible Pedagogy. In O. Zaslavsky and P. Sullivan (Eds.). Constructing knowledge for teaching secondary mathematics, Mathematics Teacher Education (Vol 6, pp. 307-323), NY: Springer.
Wood, T., Hjalmarson, M., & Williams, G. (2008) Learning to Design in small group Mathematical modeling, in Judith S. Zawojewski, Heidi Diefes-Dux and Keith Bowman (eds), Models and Modeling in Engineering Education : Designing Experiences for All Students, pp. 187-212, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam / Taipei.
Williams, G. (2007) Abstracting in the Context of Spontaneous Learning, Mathematics Education Research Journal, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2007, pp. 69-88, MERJ, Australia
Wood, T., Williams, G., & Mc Neal, B. (2006). Children’s mathematical thinking in different classroom cultures. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, (37)3, 222-252.
|Additional URLs|| |
Williams, Gaynor (2005) Improving intellectual and affective quality in mathematics lessons : how autonomy and spontaneity enable creative and insightful thinking, PhD thesis, Department of Science and Mathematics Education, University of Melbourne.
Williams, Gaynor (2000) Collaborative problem solving in mathematics : the nature and function of task complexity, Masters Research thesis, Department of Science and Mathematics Education, University of Melbourne.