Information related to research interest "Numeracy"

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  • Faculty of Education and Arts

  • Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

  • Professor Vincent Geiger

    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 :

  • Nat Sch of Education

  • Dr Dung Tran

    Dr Dung Tran is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts & Education at Australian Catholic University.

    Prior to joining ACU, he worked at North Carolina State University, USA for more than two years developing and researching Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds). He also worked as Victoria University, Melbourne for two years as a lecturer. He is a native of Hue city, Vietnam, graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA with a PhD in Mathematics Education and a PhD Minor in Statistics. He also earned a Master of Education in Mathematics Education and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in Vietnam.

    His research focuses on designing and implementing curricular materials to improve students' quantitative literacy, abilities to use mathematics and statistics to be functional and critical in the home, civic, and work life. This agenda is evident in two related foci: (a) investigating the impact of inclusion of mathematical modelling and applications into curriculum on teaching and learning and (b) documenting ways to develop statistical literacy for students and teachers. He has extensive experience in curriculum analysis and development at the middle and high school levels, conducting sizeable clinical interviews with elementary children, and analysing a diversity of both quantitative and qualitative data.

    Phone : 0392308176 (Melbourne) Email :


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