Information related to research interest "Digital technologies"

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  • Faculty of Education and Arts

  • Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

  • Professor Vincent Geiger

    Biography
    Vince Geiger is a professor of mathematics education within the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE), Australian Catholic University. He is the Leader of the STEM Education: Design and Growth Across the Disciplines program within ILSTE, an interdisciplinary research space focused on the enabling and transformative role of mathematics within the STEM disciplines and other areas of human endeavour. His work is driven by awareness that the capacity to know and use mathematics confidently is important for an individual's career prospects and their empowerment as informed citizens. This awareness has inspired over 100 peer reviewed research publications that address the interests of both research and professional audiences.

    Vince joined ACU in 2005 after a successful 22 year career as a secondary school teacher of mathematics and science. Over that time he held national positions such as President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and Chair of the National Education Forum. It was in these roles that he became aware of the "big" problems in mathematics education that needed to be addressed through research. His research interests have developed from this point to include: the teaching and learning of mathematics and its applications ??? numeracy and mathematical modeling; the use of digital tools as enablers of mathematical understanding; STEM literacy and capability; and teacher professional learning. The approach he takes to research is underpinned by socio-cultural principles of learning/teaching, usually realized through mixed methods designs.

    Vince's research has been supported by $4 million of external competitive funding, including leadership of two ARC Discovery projects and one DECRA. Other recent projects include: 2018-2020 - Principals as STEM Leaders (Department of Education and Training); 2018-2023 - Numeracy Expert Group for the implementation of the 2nd cycle of PIAAC (OECD); 2015-2017 - Opening Real Science (OLT); 2018-2020 ??? Review of the PIAAC numeracy assessment framework (OECD); and 2015-2016 - Building an evidence base for national best practice in mathematics education (Office of the Chief Scientist). He is a past Associate Editor of the Mathematics Education Research Journal, a current member of the Editorial Board for International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Community of Teachers of Mathematical Modeling and Applications.

    The excellence of his research was recognised by a Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Research Award in 2017. His work was further recognised by selection as the Giovanni Prodi Guest Professorship at Wurzburg University in 2018/2019. While his focus is now on research, Vince has always maintained a close link with the mathematics teaching profession His tertiary teaching expertise has been recognised through an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2009.

    Vince supervises higher degree research students in science and mathematics education.

    Phone : (07) 3623 7188 (Brisbane) Email : vincent.geiger@acu.edu.au

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  • Prof Kathy Mills

    Kathy A. Mills is Professor of Literacies and Digital Change at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane. Professor Mills holds the only Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship 2018 won in education and is developing interdisciplinary methods of sensory orchestration for multimodal literacy learning in primary education nationally and internationally (FT18010009; 2019-2022). Mills is simultaneously implementing two other ARC grants across the Linkage and Discovery schemes as lead investigator and second CI respectively, with total 'category one' grant income to date of $2.47 million. This success builds on her continuous and exceptional trajectory of competitive research fellowships and grant funding from her first full time academic position in 2009. She was first awarded 1 of 2 ARC Australian Post Doctoral (Industry) fellowships nationally in education in 2009. Her ARC APDI Fellowship and later chief investigator role on Linkage (LP150100030) involved leading a design-based research intervention that successfully developed students' digital literacy practices in the context of school reform for socially disadvantaged students. She then achieved 1 of only 5 Discovery Early Career Research Awards nationally in education, Jan 2014-Dec 2017. The DECRA research project made a unique contribution to enhancing Indigenous students' multimodal literacy learning in ways that are consistent with Indigenous ways of knowing and being (DE140100047). Mills' current ARC Linkage grant involves strategic partnerships with five organisations to develop teaching approaches to strengthen the effective multimodal communication of emotions and opinions of disadvantaged students (LP150100030, 2016-2019). The Discovery grant develops novel teaching methods to develop students' vital coding and animation skills across the curriculum, with other leading national and international researchers, Professors Len Unsworth (ACU), Garry Falloon (Macquarie) and Andrew Burn (University College London), DP190100228, 2019-2021. Professor Mills is actively sought as an international grant collaborator, reviewer, and assessor, and has forged a number of industry partnerships across education and cultural sectors nationally and internationally.

    Mills has published over 100 academic works, including 6 sole-authored books, and high quality journal articles and chapters in the discipline of education. While her grants and outputs are primarily in education, her interdisciplinary project leadership, methods, and collaborators span other fields in the social sciences. Professor Mills' research on literacies and digital cultures in education has 2119 citations and a h-index of 24 (July 2019, Harzing), with a focus on improving teaching and learning of literacies by creating innovative digital environments for school students. Her most cited work is 'A Review of the 'Digital Turn' in the New Literacy Studies' published in the highest-ranked educational journal, Review of Educational Research. Her research monograph, Literacy Theories for the Digital Age, won the Literacy Research Association's, Edward Fry Book Award, USA. The edited Handbook of Writing, Literacies and Education in Digital Cultures won the 2018 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies, with an attached keynote in Oklahoma, USA.

    Professor Mills serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Literacy Research (USA), and the Review boards for English Teaching Practice and Critique (NZ) and the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. Mills recently completed a two-year international research leadership role as elected President, American Educational Research Association, Writing and Literacies SIG, USA (2017-2019). She also maintains a strong public research voice for literacy research through national radio, TV, news media and social media, and assesses research grants in Australia and internationally.

    Phone : 6234 (Brisbane) Email : kathy.mills@acu.edu.au

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