Dr Sandra Herbert

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer In Education (Science and Mathematics)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SoE Arts & Ed

Campus

Warrnambool Campus

Biography summary

Dr Sandra Herbert is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University. She is experienced in face to face and online teaching and learning. Her research focuses on improved learning in mathematics and science in schools. Her work has been published in high quality international journals making a major methodological contribution to phenomenography and educational research. She is experienced in using both qualitative and quantitative methods for research in mathematics education.  Sandra has built a successful research program leading to international recognition with a ResearchGate score of 15.9. With her experience prior to Deakin in teaching advanced mathematics and information technology, she brings knowledge and expertise to strengthen nationally recognised imperatives for education in mathematics to her pre-service teachers. This imperative is seen in a broader context where skills shortages in mathematics and science related areas are a growing concern; post-compulsory participation in mathematics and science has been decreasing; and, there is a shortage of qualified mathematics and science teachers. Whilst at Deakin,  A particular focus of her research and teaching is fostering a more positive attitude to mathematics in for school students. Most recently her research focus has been on teacher knowledge of mathematical reasoning and its pedagogy.

Research interests

Teaching & Learning of Mathematics and Science
Quantitative methodologies
Qualitative methodologies including phenomenography

Affiliations

Mathematics Association of Victoria
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Science Teachers Association of Victoria

Teaching interests

STEM Teacher Education: Pre-service Primary & Secondary: In-service Professional Learning

Units taught

ESM310: Teachers and Mathematics: Creating an Inquiry-based Classroom
ESM211: Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts
EES245: Primary Science Education 1
EES440:Primary Science Education 2
ESM424/724: Mathematics: Curriculum Study
ESM425/725: Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study
ETM702 Designing Contemporary STEM education programs
ETM703 Researching your practice as a STEM Educator and Leader

Conferences

Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Annual Conference
Mathematic Association of Victoria Annual Conference
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Annual Conference

Professional activities

Committed to support of Warrnambool campus through involvement in
promoting the campus and contribution to many aspects of the implementation
of campus-based initiatives.Creating close partnerships with local schools with
a strong agenda of social justice. Service to the mathematics discipline through
contributions to conferences, journals and reviewing of articles for journals.

Research groups

Mathematical Reasoning Research Group

Projects

ReSolve: Assessing Mathematical Reasoning
Planning for Reasoning
Pre-service Teachers Perceptions of Mathematics
Influence of Teacher Action on NAPLAN Performance
Flexible Pedagogical Problem-solving: Implementing Mathematical Problem-Solving Resiliently
Mathematical Reasoning in Junior Secondary Classrooms
Sustainability conditions of a major primary science specialist teacher initiative
Mathematical Conceptions of Rate
Gesture as data for a phenomenographic analysis
Alternative Sequence for Teaching Introductory Calculus
Developing digital art-based methodologies for working with 'at risk' youth
Primary school teachers and students perceptions and understanding of
mathematical reasoning
Online professional learning for rural teachers of Mathematics and Science
Capturing the Complexities of ICT Use in Primary School Mathematics
School-based pedagogies in primary science teacher education
Discipline-related commitments and identities of out-of-field early career
teachers
Supporting educational achievement and aspiration through 'Real' science
Teaching science to diverse learners: Responses to the Australian Curriculum

Publications

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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
2018

Pre-service teachers' views of school-based approaches to pre-service primary science teacher education

E Herbert, L Hobbs

(2018), Vol. 48, pp. 777-809, Research in science education, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Gestures in mathematical function talk

E Herbert

(2018), Vol. 17, pp. 196-220, Gesture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

School leaders' identification of school level and teacher practices that influence school improvement in national numeracy testing outcomes

T Muir, S Livy, E Herbert, R Callingham

(2018), Vol. 45, pp. 297-313, The Australian educational researcher, New York, N. Y., C1

journal

Primary school teachers' use of digital technology in mathematics: the complexities

Y Loong, E Herbert

(2018), Vol. 30, pp. 475-498, Mathematics education research journal, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal

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

Science teacher education partnerships with schools (STEPS)

Andrew Glibert, E Herbert

(2018), pp. 21-38, School-based partnerships in teacher education : a research informed model for universities, schools and beyond, Singapore, B1

chapter

Sustaining school-university partnerships: threats, challenges and critical success factors

E Herbert, Christine Redman, Christoper Speldewinde

(2018), pp. 169-192, School-based partnerships in teacher education : a research informed model for universities, schools and beyond, Singapore, B1

chapter

Developing primary pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge: opportunities and influences

Sharyn Livy, E Herbert, Colleen Vale

(2018), pp. 1-21, Mathematics education research journal, Cham, Switzerland, C1

journal

Principal perceptions regarding the impact of school- university partnerships in primary science contexts

Andrew Gilbert, Linda Hobbs, John Kenny, Melita Jones, Coral Campbell, Gail Chittleborough, E Herbert, Christine Redman

(2018), Vol. 11, pp. 73-83, School-university partnerships, Lanham, Md., 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

Classroom animals provide more than just science education

E Herbert, J Lynch

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 107-123, Science and education, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal

the changing roles of science specialists during a capacity building program for primary school science

E Herbert, L Xu, L Kelly

(2017), Vol. 42, pp. 1-21, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, Joondalup, W.A., 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

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

Developing primary pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge during practicum teaching

S Livy, C Vale, E Herbert

(2016), Vol. 41, pp. 152-173, Australian journal of teacher education, Joondalup, W.A., C1

journal

Online professional learning for rural teachers of mathematics and science

E Herbert, C Campbell, E Loong

(2016), Vol. 32, pp. 99-114, Australasian journal of educational technology, Tugun, Qld., C1

journal

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

Successful university-school partnerships: an interpretive framework to inform partnership practice

M Jones, L Hobbs, J Kenny, C Campbell, G Chittleborough, A Gilbert, S Herbert, C Redman

(2016), Vol. 60, pp. 108-120, Teaching and teacher education, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

Teaching and learning algebra

E Herbert

(2016), pp. 199-226, Teaching secondary school mathematics : research and practice for the 21st century, Crows Nest, N.S.W., B1

chapter

Teaching and learning calculus

E Herbert

(2016), pp. 302-338, Teaching secondary school mathematics : research and practice for the 21st century, Crows Nest, N.S.W., B1

chapter

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

Achieving growth in NAPLAN: characteristics of successful schools

T Muir, S Livy, E Herbert, R Callingham

(2016), pp. 1-12, AARE 2016: Proceedings of the Conference for the Australian Association for Research in Education : Transforming Education Research, Melbourne, Vic., E1

conference
2015

Affirming irregular spaces in a school-wide curriculum initiative: a place for the animals

J Lynch, S Herbert

(2015), Vol. 45, pp. 285-303, Curriculum inquiry, London, Eng., C1

journal

Moving beyond a 'bums-on-seats' analysis of progress towards widening participation: reflections on the context, design and evaluation of an Australian government-funded mentoring programme

J Lynch, B Walker-Gibbs, S Herbert

(2015), Vol. 37, pp. 144-158, Journal of higher education policy and management, London, Eng., C1

journal

Colour, magnets and photosynthesis

F O'Brien, S Herbert

(2015), Vol. 40, pp. 42-46, Australasian journal of early childhood, Canberra, A. C. T., C1

journal

Introducing linear functions: an alternative statistical approach

C Nolan, E Herbert

(2015), Vol. 27, pp. 401-421, Mathematics education research journal, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

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

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

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

Successful university-school partnerships: an interpretive framework to inform partnership practice

L Hobbs, M Jones, J Kenny, C Campbell, G Chittleborough, E Herbert, A Gilbert, C Redman

(2015), Vol. Part 13, pp. 2073-2084, ESERA 2015: Proceedings of the 11th Conference for the Science Education Research Association: Engaging learners for a sustainable future, Helsinki, Finland, E1-1

conference

Establishing school university partnerships to teach science - Does what worked for us work for you?

J Kenny, L Hobbs, C Speldewinde, M Jones, C Campbell, A Gilbert, G Chittleborough, E Herbert, C Redman

(2015), Vol. Part 13, pp. 2029-2040, ESERA 2015: Proceedings of the 11th Conference for the Science Education Research Association: Engaging learners for a sustainable future, Helsinki, Finland, E1-1

conference
2014

Opportunities to promote mathematical content knowledge for primary teaching

S Livy, S Herbert

(2014), pp. 413-420, 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

A framework for teachers' knowledge of mathematical reasoning

S Herbert

(2014), pp. 702-705, 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

Developing effective school and university partnerships for teacher education

J Kenny, C Redman, L Hobbs, M Jones, C Campbell, A Gilbert, G Chittleborough, S Herbert

(2014), pp. 2620-2632, EDULEARN14 Proceedings : 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies 2014, Barcelona, Spain, E1

conference

Science teacher education partnerships with schools (STEPS): Partnerships in science teacher education

J Kenny, L Hobbs, S Herbert, G Chittleborough, C Campbell, M Jones, A Gilbert, C Redman

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 43-65, Australian journal of teacher education, Katoomba, N. S. W., C1

journal

School-based approaches to pre-service primary science teacher education resulting in gains in confidence

L Hobbs, E Herbert

(2014), pp. 88-110, ATEA 2014 : Proceedings of Australia Teacher Education Association Annual Conference, North Sydney, New South Wales, E1-1

conference
2013

Gesture as data for a phenomenographic analysis of mathematical conceptions

S Herbert, R Pierce

(2013), Vol. 60, pp. 1-10, International journal of educational research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Challenging the traditional sequence of teaching introductory calculus

S Herbert

(2013), Vol. 30, pp. 172-190, Computers in the schools : interdisciplinary journal of practice, theory, and applied research, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

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

Second-year pre-service teachers' responses to proportional reasoning test items

S Livy, S Herbert

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 17-32, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, C1

journal

Pre-service teachers' responses for ratio and proportion items

S Livy, S Herbert

(2013), pp. 450-457, MERGA36 2013 : Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow : Proceedings of the 36th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2013 conference, Melbourne, Vic., E1

conference
2012

Revealing educationally critical aspects of rate

S Herbert, R Pierce

(2012), Vol. 81, pp. 85-101, Educational Studies in Mathematics, C1

journal

Student perspectives of web-based mathematics

E Loong, S Herbert

(2012), Vol. 53, pp. 117-126, International journal of educational research, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Gesture types for functions

S Herbert

(2012), pp. 322-329, MERGA 2012 : The 35th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Nanyang, Singapore, E1

conference
2011

Web usability guidelines for smartphones : a synergic approach

D Lobo, K Kaskaloglu, C Kim, E Herbert

(2011), Vol. 1, pp. 33-37, International journal of information and electronics engineering, Singapore, C1

journal

Challenging traditional sequence of teaching introductory calculus

S Herbert

(2011), pp. 358-365, Mathematics : traditions and (new) practices : proceedings of the AAMT-MERGA conference held in Alice Springs, 3-7 July 2011, incorporating the 23rd Biennial Conference of The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc. and the 34th Annual Confere, Alice Springs, N.T., E1-1

conference

What is rate? Does context or representation matter?

S Herbert, R Pierce

(2011), Vol. 23, pp. 455-477, Mathematics Education Research Journal, C1

journal
2010

Impact of context and representation on year 10 students' expression of conceptions of rate

S Herbert

(2010), pp. 240-247, MERGA 2010 : Shaping the future of mathematics education : Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Fremantle, W.A., E1-1

conference
2009

Revealing conceptions of rate of change

S Herbert

(2009), pp. 217-224, MERGA 32 : Crossing divides : mathematics education research group of Australasia : Proceedings of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference 2009, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, E1-1

conference
2008

Where is the rate in the rule?

S Herbert

(2008), Vol. 22, pp. 28-36, Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, Armidale, N.S.W., C1-1

journal

An 'Emergent model' for rate of change

S Herbert, R Pierce

(2008), Vol. 13, pp. 231-249, International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning, C1-1

journal
2006

Video evidence : what gestures tell us about students' understanding of rate of change

S Herbert, R Pierce

(2006), pp. 362-371, MERGA 29 : identities cultures and learning spaces : proceedings of the 29th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Hobart, Tas., E1-1

conference
2005

Potential of technology and a familiar context to enhance students' concept of rate of change

S Herbert, R Pierce

(2005), pp. 435-442, MERGA 2005 : Building connections : research, theory and practice : proceedings of the annual conference held at RMIT, Melbourne, 7th-9th July 2005, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference
2004

CAS : student engagement requires unambiguous advantages

R Pierce, S Herbert, J Giri

(2004), pp. 462-469, Mathematics education for the third millennium : towards 2010, Townsville, Qld., E1-1

conference

Gifted are lifted higher : an exploration of the development of higher order thinking skills of gifted students playing strategy games

S Herbert, R Pierce

(2004), Vol. 22, pp. 22-30, TalentEd, Armidale, N.S.W., C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

School-based pedagogies and partnerships in primary science teacher education

A/Prof Linda Hobbs, A/Prof Coral Campbell, Dr Gail Chittleborough, Dr Sandra Herbert, Dr John Kenny, Dr Mellita Jones, Dr Christine Redman, Dr Jeffrey King

OLT Seed Projects - Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 2014: $55,200
  • 2012: $155,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Primary Science Specialist Professional Learning Program

A/Prof Coral Campbell, Dr Gail Chittleborough, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Prof Russell Tytler, Dr Laura Barraza, Dr Wendy Jobling, Mr John Cripps Clark, Dr Sandra Herbert

  • 2012: $40,866
  • 2011: $95,354

2013 Primary Science Specialists Professional Learning Program

Prof Russell Tytler, A/Prof Coral Campbell, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Dr Wendy Jobling, Dr Laura Barraza, Dr John Cripps Clark, Dr Sandra Herbert, A/Prof Linda Hobbs

  • 2013: $78,086

2013-14 Primary Science Specialists Professional Learning Program

A/Prof Coral Campbell, A/Prof Peter Hubber, Dr Wendy Jobling, Dr Laura Barraza, Dr John Cripps Clark, Dr Sandra Herbert, A/Prof Linda Hobbs, Prof Russell Tytler

  • 2015: $1,600
  • 2014: $35,162
  • 2013: $82,045

Industry and Other Funding

Assessing Reasoning

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

  • 2018: $36,625
  • 2017: $85,460

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2015

Soraya Fooladi

Thesis entitled: Factors influencing students' choice of mathematics at university

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education

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