Dr Leicha Bragg

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer in Education (Mathematics Education)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

leicha.bragg@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46404

Biography

Dr. Leicha Bragg is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Deakin University. She has worked in education with preservice and practising primary mathematics teachers for over 20 years.

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Biography summary

Dr. Leicha Bragg has an international reputation for her work in developing engaging educational tasks for children. As the Project Director of the Birth to Level 10 Numeracy Guide for the Department of  Education and Training, Victoria, Leicha and her team built dynamic resources to developing student numeracy across the curriculum, and support families positive attitudes towards numeracy at home. She is the author of three teacher resource books, including two on Geocaching, and one on engaging with mathematics through picture books with colleagues around Australia. Leicha’s current research projects focus on: Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice; online adult learning of numeracy; and, champions of mathematical reasoning.

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."

Research interests

Numeracy across the curriculum
Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice
Games and mathematical learning
Student engagement
Mathematical reasoning
Rich task development
Professional learning of mathematics teachers
Online education and learning
Use of technology to enhance teaching and learning
Assessment
 

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)

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

Ph.D. Supervision
 

Units taught

ESM701 Teaching Mathematics Successfully
ESM410 Professional practice and mathematics: Designing an inclusive curriculum
ESM310 Teachers and Mathematics: Creating an inquiry-based classroom

Knowledge areas

Numeracy
Mathematics education
Adult learning

Conferences

PME: International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2017)
MERGA: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (1999, 2003, 2011, 2017)
MAV: The Mathematical Association of Victoria (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) Keynote speaker in 2011, 2012 and 2015.
International Community Mathematics Education and Society (MES) (2015)
East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education (2013, 2015, 2018).
Northwest math conference / British Columbia Mathematics Teacher Association (2008, 2009, 2011)
UNESCO Education Shanghai (2003) ICWL: International Conference on Web-based Learning (2003)

Professional activities

Mathematics Teaching and Research Coordinator (2018-present)
Bachelor of Education (Primary) - Co -Course coordinator (Burwood) (2011 - 2014)
School of Education Teaching and Learning Committee
Fellow of the College of Distinguished Deakin Educators
Canada Coordinator, Global Experience Program (2011-2016)
Thailand Coordinator, Global Experience Program (2007-2008)
Selection Officer for  Bachelor of Education (Primary) course (2011-2014)
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)
 

Editor - Mathematics Teacher Education and Development (MTED) (2013-2015) Special editor in 2018
Editorial Board - Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom (APMC)
Editor - the Mathematical Association of Victoria conference proceedings (2005, 2011-2012, 2014)
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
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education conference committee (2014)
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.

Research groups

Mathematical Reasoning Research Group (MaRRG) - Deakin University, Australia

Mathematics for Social Justice group (MfSJ) - University of British Columbia, Canada

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

Awards

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 and 2017 - Deakin University Teaching Excellence Award
2001 - The Mathematical Association of Victoria Research Scholarship

Projects

Leicha is leading the Birth to Level 10 Numeracy Guide Research Project with Victoria University and the University of Tasmania.
Leicha is involved in two joint research project with the University of British Columbia, Canada. First, designing, developing and interrogating Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice. Second, exploring pedagogical approaches which employ multimedia to enhance preservice teachers understanding of mathematical concepts.
Member of the STEME Research Group http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/steme/
Member of the Mathematical Reasoning Research Group (MaRRG)

Publications

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2020

Linking comparing and contrasting, generalising and justifying: a case study of primary students' levels of justifying

W Widjaja, C Vale, S Herbert, E Loong, L Bragg

(2020), pp. 1-23, Mathematics Education Research Journal, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Factors in a professional learning program to support a teacher's growth in mathematical reasoning and its pedagogy

S Herbert, L Bragg

(2020), pp. 1-23, Mathematics education research journal, Cham, Switzerland, C1

journal
2019

Supporting elementary teachers' planning and assessing of mathematical reasoning

A Davidson, E Herbert, L Bragg

(2019), Vol. 17, pp. 1151-1171, International journal of science and mathematics education, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Learning to teach the M in/for STEM for social justice

C Nicol, L Bragg, V Radzimski, K Yaro, A Chen, E Amoah

(2019), Vol. 51, pp. 1005-1016, ZDM, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal
2018

Identifying, promoting, and assessing reasoning focused on analysing

L Bragg, Elizabeth Herbert, Aylie Davidson

(2018), Vol. 23, pp. 3-7, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Stepney, S. Aust., C1

journal

What can be learned from teachers assessing mathematical reasoning: a case study

L Bragg, E Herbert

(2018), pp. 178-185, Making waves, opening spaces : Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Auckland, N.Z., E1

conference

Developing a rubric for assessing mathematical reasoning: a design-based research study in primary classrooms

Y Loong, C Vale, W Widjaja, E Herbert, L Bragg, Aylie Davidson

(2018), pp. 503-510, Making waves, opening spaces : Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Auckland, N.Z., E1

conference

Children's literature in the mathematics classroom: a flexible approach to practice

L Bragg, Catherine Attard, Tracey Muir, Sharyn Livy

(2018), pp. 267-276, Proceedings of the 8th ICMI?East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education, Taipei, Taiwan, E1

conference

Five principles of educationally rich mathematical games

James Russo, Toby Russo, L Bragg

(2018), Vol. 23, pp. 30-34, Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, Adelaide, S.Aust., C1

journal

Collaborative self-study and peer learning in teacher educator reflection as an approach to (re)designing a mathematics education assessment task

L Bragg, Josephine Lang

(2018), Vol. 20, pp. 80-101, Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, Townsville, Qld., C1

journal
2017

Mapping variation in children's mathematical reasoning: the case of 'What else belongs?'

C Vale, W Widjaja, E Herbert, Y Loong, L Bragg

(2017), Vol. 15, pp. 873-894, International journal of science and mathematics education, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Children's mathematical reasoning: opportunities for developing understanding and creative thinking

C Vale, L Bragg, W Widjaja, Herbert, Loong

(2017), Vol. 22, pp. 3-8, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide, SA, C1

journal

Tracking change in primary teachers' understanding of mathematical reasoning through demonstration lessons

E Loong, C Vale, S Herbert, L Bragg, W Widjaja

(2017), Vol. 19.1, pp. 5-29, Mathematics teacher education and development, Bruce, A.C.T., C1

journal

Action research on the application of variation theory in mathematics teacher education

L Bragg

(2017), Vol. 19, pp. 121-136, Mathematics teacher education and development, Bruce, A.C.T., C1

journal

Enhancing the development of statistical literacy through the robot bioglyph

L Bragg, J Koch, A Willis

(2017), Vol. 22, pp. 33-39, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide Sth Aust., C1

journal

A "true" story about mathematical reasoning made easy

L Bragg, E Herbert

(2017), Vol. 22, pp. 3-6, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1

journal
2016

Professional learning in mathematical reasoning: reflections of a primary teacher

E Herbert, C Vale, L Bragg, E Loong, W Widjaja

(2016), pp. 277-284, MERGA 2016: Proceedings of the 39th Conference for Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: Opening Up Mathematics Education Research, Adelaide, S. Aust., E1

conference

Collaborative reflective experience and practice in education explored through self-study and arts-based research

S Hannigan, J Raphael, P White, L Bragg, J Cripps Clark

(2016), Vol. 9, pp. 84-110, Creative approaches to research, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Primary teachers notice the impact of language on children's mathematical reasoning

L Bragg, E Herbert, E Loong, C Vale, W Widjaja

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 523-544, Mathematics education research journal, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal

More than substitution: an ongoing journey of the 1:1 iPad program

L Bragg, C Polkinghorne, B Allen, C Chandler

(2016), pp. 9-17, MAV 2016 : 53rd Mathematical Association of Victoria's Annual Conference Proceedings : Maths Explosion, Bundoora, Vic., E1

conference
2015

Promoting reasoning through the magic V task

L Bragg, W Widjaja, Loong, C Vale, E Herbert

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 10-14, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide, S.Aust., C1

journal

Two of everything: developing functional thinking in the primary grades through children's literature

T Muir, L Bragg, S Livy

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 35-40, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Stepney, S. A., C1

journal

A framework for primary teachers' perceptions of mathematical reasoning

E Herbert, C Vale, L Bragg, Loong, W Widjaja

(2015), Vol. 74, pp. 26-37, International journal of educational research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Studying mathematics teacher education: analysing the process of task variation on learning

L Bragg

(2015), Vol. 11, pp. 294-311, Studying teacher education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Tracking the professional learning of primary teachers' mathematical reasoning

Y Loong, C Vale, S Herbert, L Bragg, W Widjaja

(2015), Vol. 1, pp. 183-183, Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education., Hobart, Tas., E1-1

conference

A collaborative development of quality mathematics assessment tasks to promote preservice teachers' professional eye

L Bragg, C Nicol

(2015), pp. 1-8, EARCOME 7 2015: In Pursuit of Quality Mathematics Education for All : Proceedings of teh East Asia Mathematics Education 2015 Regional Conference, Cebu City, Philippines, E1

conference
2014

Developing noticing of reasoning through demonstration lessons

L Bragg, C Vale

(2014), pp. 698-701, MERGA 2014 : Curriculum in focus: research guided practice : Proceedings of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2014 annual conference, Sydney, N. S. W., E1

conference

Geocaching: Finding mathematics in a global treasure hunt

L Bragg,

(2014), Vol. 19, pp. 9-14, Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, Adelaide, South Australia, C1

journal
2013

Primary school teachers' perceptions of mathematical reasoning

E Loong, C Vale, L Bragg, S Herbert

(2013), pp. 466-473, Proceedings of the 36th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2013 conference, Melbourne, Vic., E1

conference

Hide, map and seek: assessing students' understanding of location and direction

L Bragg

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 3-7, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide, South Australia, C1

journal
2012

The effect of mathematical games on on-task behaviours in the primary classroom

L Bragg

(2012), Vol. 24, pp. 385-401, Mathematics Education Research Journal, C1

journal

Testing the effectiveness of mathematical games as a pedagogical tool for children's learning

L Bragg

(2012), Vol. 10, pp. 1445-1467, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, C1

journal
2011

Food for thought : the mathematics of the kitchen garden

A Lyon, L Bragg

(2011), Vol. 16, pp. 25-32, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide, S. A., C1

journal

Seeing mathematics through a new lens : using photos in the mathematics classroom

L Bragg, C Nicol

(2011), Vol. 67, pp. 3-9, Australian mathematics teacher, Adelaide, S.A., C1

journal
2007

Students' conflicting attitudes towards games as a vehicle for learning mathematics: A methodological dilemma

L Bragg

(2007), Vol. 19, pp. 29-44, Mathematics Education Research Journal, C1

journal
2006

'Hey, I'm learning this'

L Bragg

(2006), Vol. 11, pp. 4-9, Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1

journal

Students` impressions of the value of games for the learning of mathematics

L Bragg

(2006), pp. 217-224, Proceedings of the 30th conference of the international group for the psychology of mathematics education, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, E1

conference
2003

Children's perspectives on mathematics and game playing

L Bragg

(2003), pp. 160-167, Mathematics education research : innovation, networking, opportunity : proceedings of the 26th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, held at Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, E1

conference
2002

Pop art: making mathematics popular

L Bragg

(2002), Vol. 7, pp. 29-32, Australian primary mathematics classroom, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Literacy and Numeracy Strategy - Literature Review

A/Prof Colleen Vale, Prof Damian Blake, Dr Glenn Auld, Dr Leicha Bragg, A/Prof Louise Paatsch, Dr Trace Ollis, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Gaye Williams, Dr Sarah Ohi

  • 2013: $54,420

Birth to Level 10 Numeracy Guide

Dr Leicha Bragg, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Martin Potter, A/Prof Judith Mousley, Prof Chris Walsh, Prof Kim Beswick, Mr Peter Saffin, Dr Tracey Muir, Dr Greg Oates, Dr Carol Murphy

  • 2018: $153,350

Impact of principles of heutagogy and adult learning on Numeracy Leaders' professional learning delivery.

Dr Leicha Bragg, Prof Chris Walsh

  • 2019: $30,599

Mathscots Animation Series

Dr Leicha Bragg

  • 2019: $22,645

Development of Engaging Families in Mathematics Education Monograph.

Dr Leicha Bragg, Dr Sandra Herbert, Dr Jill Brown

  • 2020: $11,985

Industry and Other Funding

Assessing Reasoning

Dr Sandra Herbert, A/Prof Colleen Vale, Dr Leicha Bragg, A/Prof Wanty Widjaja, Dr Esther Loong

  • 2018: $36,625
  • 2017: $85,460

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2014

Sharyn Lee Livy

Thesis entitled: Development and contributing factors in primary pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

2012

Sarath Warnakulasuriya

Thesis entitled: Information Communication Technology in Secondary Science Education in Sri Lanka

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

Edilson Arenas

Thesis entitled: Blended Learning in a Higher Education Multicultural Environment

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education