Staff profile - Leicha Bragg

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Dr Leicha Bragg

Position: Senior Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Education
Campus: M1.14, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446404 +61 3 92446404
Email: leicha.bragg@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Career highlights

2011 - Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation Award for Teaching
Excellence "For outstanding curriculum and resource development that equips
our future mathematics teachers with the confidence, passion and skills they
need to support student learning."


Affiliations

International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME)
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV)
British Columbia Association of Math Teachers, Canada (BCAMT)


Professional activities

Bachelor of Education (Primary) - Co -Course coordinator (Burwood) (2011 - present)
School of Education Teaching and Learning Committee
Fellow of the College of Distinguished Deakin Educators
Thailand and Canada Coordinator, Global Experience Program
Graduate Diploma in Education (Information Technology) Course Coordinator(2003-2007)
Faculty Academic Progress & Discipline Committee (2007)
Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee (2007)
Information and Learning Resources Subcommittee (2006 - 2007)
Bachelor of Education Selection Committee (2005)
School of Scientific and Developmental Studies Curriculum and Planning Committee (2002-2004)

Editorial Board - Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom (APMC)
Editorial Board - Digital Culture & Education (DCE)
Reviewer for Mathematics Education Research Journal and Mathematics Teacher Education and Development.
Reviewer for the PME and MERGA annual conference proceedings.
Writer and developer of Curriculum@work Teacher Support Materials for the Department of Education
MERGA: The Mathematics Educational Research Group of Australasia conference committee (2003, 2005)
ICWL: International Conference on Web-based Learning committee (2003)

Mathematics Education Mentor for Numeracy Leaders and teaching staff in primary schools.

Academic

Teaching Interests

Unit Chair
ESM701 Teaching Mathematics Successfully
ESM410 Professional practice and mathematics: Designing an inclusive curriculum
ESM310 Teachers and Mathematics: Creating an inquiry-based classroom
EST430 Educational Software Tools

Lecturer
EXE740 Independent reading study

Ph.D. Supervision


Subjects and units currently teaching

ESM701 Teaching Mathematics Successfully
ESM410 Professional practice and mathematics: Designing an inclusive curriculum
ESM310 Teachers and Mathematics: Creating an inquiry-based classroom
EST430 Educational Software Tools
EXE740 Independent reading study


Conferences and seminars

PME: International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014) MERGA: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (1999, 2003, 2011) MAV: The Mathematical Association of Victoria (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) Keynote speaker in 2011 and 2012. East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education (2013). Northwest math conference / British Columbia Mathematics Teacher Association (2008, 2009, 2011) UNESCO Education Shanghai (2003) ICWL: International Conference on Web-based Learning (2003)

Awards

Awards and prizes

2011 - Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation Award for Teaching
Excellence "For outstanding curriculum and resource development that equips
our future mathematics teachers with the confidence, passion and skills they
need to support student learning."
2009 - Deakin University Deans Award for Excellence in Team Teaching
2008 - Deakin University Teaching Excellence Award
2001 - The Mathematical Association of Victoria Research Scholarship


Research

Research projects

Leicha's current research is in mathematical tasks to further teachers' and primary students' understanding of reasoning with the Deakin University Mathematics Reasoning Research Group (MaRRG). Leicha is involved in a joint research project with the University of British Columbia, Canada, exploring pedagogical approaches which employ multimedia to enhance preservice teachers understanding of mathematical concepts, particularly algebraic thinking.
Member of the STEME Research Group http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/steme/


Research interests

Self-study in teacher education
Games and mathematical learning
Student engagement
Mathematical reasoning
Rich task development
Realistic Mathematics Education
Academic Standards, Assessment and Reporting
Professional learning of mathematics teachers
Online education and learning
Use of technology to enhance teaching and learning
 


Research grants

2014-2015
Collaborative Reflective Experience and Practice in Education (CREPE) ($4000 + $6000) - Deakin Univeristy Faculty Research Group Grant

2012- 2013
Mathematical Reasoning Research Group (MaRRG) ($9085 + $10 000) Deakin University Emerging Research Group (ERG) grants

2010
Innovating with Technologies Research Project - 1:1 Handheld Devices ($3000) Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

2008
Deakin University Capacity Building Grant (AUD $2500) Deakin University


Research groups

Collaborative Reflective Experience and Practice in Education (CREPE) - Deakin Univeristy

Mathematics Teacher Educators Collaborative (MTEC) - University of British Columbia

Mathematical Reasoning Research Group (MaRRG) - Deakin Univeristy


Research page

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=braggle


Publications

Publications

Recent Publications

Books - Bragg, L. A. & Skinner, M. (2011). Geocaching - math in the environment. Grades 4-8. Bayswater, Australia: Teachers First Choice.

Bragg, L. A. & Skinner, M. (2011). Geocaching: A mathematical treasure hunt. Middle and upper primary. Bayswater, Australia: Teachers First Choice.

Journals and Conference Articles

Bragg, L. A. (submitted). Studying Mathematics Teacher Education: Generating Tasks with a Variation Perspective on Learning. Studying Teacher Education.

Bragg, L. A. (in press). Geocaching: Finding mathematics in a global treasure hunt. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom.

Bragg, L. A. and Vale, C. (2014). Developing Noticing of Reasoning through Demonstration Lessons. In J. Anderson, M. Cavanagh & A. Prescott (Eds.). Proceedings of the 37th annual conference of MERGA. pp. 698–701. Sydney: MERGA.

Bragg, L. A. (2013). Hide, map and seek: Assessing students’ understanding of location and direction. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 18(4), 3-7.

Bragg, L. A., Koch, J., Willis, A. (2013). Once upon a time: children's literature and mathematics, In A. McDonough, A. Downton, & L. Bragg, (Eds), Proceedings of the MAV 50th Annual Conference, pp. 13-22, MAV, Melbourne, Vic.

Bragg, L. A., Vale, C., Herbert, S., Loong, E., Widjaja, W., Williams, G. and Mousley, J. (2013). Promoting awareness of reasoning in the primary mathematics classroom, In A. McDonough, A. Downton, and L. Bragg, (Eds), Proceedings of the MAV 50th Annual Conference 2013, pp. 23-30, MAV.

Bragg, L. A. & Nicol, C. (2013). The task of designing tasks for teacher education and development, In M. Inprasitha, (Ed.), Proceedings of the 6th EARCOME, pp. 153-162, Thailand.

Nicol, C., Bragg, L. A. & Nejad, M. J. (2013).  Adapting the Task: What preservice teachers notice when adapting mathematical tasks. In A. M. Lindemeier & A. Heinze, (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Conference of PME. (Vol. 3, pp. 369-376). Germany: PME.

Loong, E., Vale, C., Bragg, L. A. & Herbert, S. (2013). Primary school teachers’ perceptions of mathematical reasoning, In V. Steinle, L. Ball & C. Bardini, (Eds.), Proceedings of the MERGA 2013 conference,  pp. 466-473, Melbourne, VIC: MERGA.

Bragg, L. A. (2012). Testing the effectiveness of games as a pedagogical tool for mathematical learning. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. 10(6), 1445-1467.

Bragg, L. A. (2012). The effect of mathematical games on on-task behaviours in the primary classroom. Mathematics Education Research Journal. 24(4), 385-401.

Bragg, L. A. (2012). I am north : understanding location through exploring compass points, Prime number, 27(4), 7-9, Mathematical Association of Victoria, Parkville, Vic.

Bragg, L. A. & Nicol, C. (2011). Seeing mathematics through a new lens: Using photos in the mathematics classroom. The Australian Mathematics Teacher, 67(3), 3-9.

Lyon, A. & Bragg, L. A. (2011). Food for thought: The mathematics of the kitchen garden. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 16, (1), pp. 25-32.

Bragg, L. A., Pullen, Y., & Skinner, M., (2010). Geocaching: a worldwide treasure hunt enhancing the mathematics classroom. MAV. pp. 54-62

Nicol, C. & Bragg, L. A. (2009). Designing Problems: What kinds of open-ended problems do preservice teachers pose?. PME (Vol. 4, pp. 225-232). PME: Thessaloniki, Greece.

Bragg, L. A. & Nicol, C. (2008). Designing open-ended problems to challenge preservice teachers’ views on mathematics and pedagogy. PME. (Vol. 2, pp. 201-208). Mexico.

Bragg, L. A. (2007). Students’ Conflicting Attitudes Towards Games as a Vehicle for Learning Mathematics: A Methodological Dilemma. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 19, (1), pp. 29-44.


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