Staff profile - Colleen Vale

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Aprof Colleen Vale

Position: Associate Professor in Mathematics Education
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Education
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446390 +61 3 92446390



  • Doctor of Philosophy (Education), La Trobe University, 2001


Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Mathematical Association of Victoria

Professional activities

Editor: Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, published by Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, with Leicha Bragg and Gaye Williams


Teaching Interests

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.

Knowledge areas

Mathematics education

Research training

Student supervision

Primary pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge

Japanese Lesson Study: A school-based innovation for primary science pre-service teacher education

Completed Ph D projects:

Azisah, S. (2011) Gender Mainstreaming in Education

Dakich, E. (2009) Towards the Social Practice of Digital Pedagogies

Javed, S. (2009) Facilitating mathematics teaching and learning in vocational education

Krishnan, S. (2009) Problem Based Learning in Electrical Engineering


Awards and prizes

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.


Research projects

Current projects concern professional learning of teachers regarding mathematical reasoning and the use of problem solving approaches to teaching of mathematics. The professional learning models that are the focus of these studies promote collaboration and deliberative reflection and include Japanese Lesson Study and demonstration lessons. Colleen continues to include an equity and social justice element to her research and is working on a second edition of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics with co-authors. 

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. Her current research projects focus on mathematical reasoning and problem solving approaches that enhance teacher quality and learner engagement.

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, along with professional learning for in-field and out-of-field teachers have been an on-going interest.

Research groups

Mathematical Reasoning Emerging Research Group, Deakin University

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