Staff profile - Esther Loong

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Dr Esther Loong

Position: Lecturer In Maths Education
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SoE Arts & Ed
Campus: M1.14, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 925 17074 +61 3 925 17074



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.


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

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.


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

Subjects and units currently teaching

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)

Expertise categories

Expertise summary

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

Knowledge areas

Mathematics education

Information and communications technology in education

Educational research

Quantitative Data analysis

Conferences and seminars

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

Related Links

PhD thesis


Awards and prizes

Early Career Award, MERGA 2003


Research 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)

Research interests

mathematics education, science education, & information and communications technology in education with particular interest in Web-based learning, mobile technologies

Research groups

Mathematics Reasoning Research Group (MaRRG)

Research page



Bragg,L., Vale,C., Loong,E.Y.K. & Widjaja,W.. (2013) More reasons to include reasoning in your lessons. Presentation and Proceedings of Mathematics Association of Victoria Annual Conference 2013

Hubber, P. & Loong,E. (2013). Increasing learner engagment of learning technologies and science TPACK through representational challenges in Wankel, C. &  Blessinger, P. (Eds.) Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education, vol. 6, pp. 83-112, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Kalbitzer, S. & Loong, E.Y.K (2013). Teaching 3-D Geometry- the multi representational way in Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 18 (3), 23-28

Loong,E.Y.K., Vale,C., Bragg, L. & Herbert,S. (2013). Primary school teachers' perceptions of mathematical reasoning. In V. Steinle, L.Ball & C.Bardini (Eds.) Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA36) 7-11 July 2013, Melbourne, Australia.

Loong,E.Y.K & Herbert, S. (2012). Student perspectives of web-based mathematics. International Journal of Educational Research,53,117-126

Loong,E.Y.K. (2011). Web-based mathematics: Some do's and don'ts. The Australian Mathematics Teacher. 67(2)

Loong,E.Y.K., Doig, B. & Groves, S. ( 2011). How different is it really?- rural and urban primary students' use if ICT in mathematics. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 23 (2), 189-211.

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