Associate Professor Gloria Stillman - Nat Sch of Education (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


My expertise is in mathematics education and in particular researching metacognition and the teaching, learning and assessing of real world applications and mathematical modelling. I was the President of the International research group the International Community of Teachers of Mathematical Modelling and Applications (ICTMA) from 2013-2019. I am Series editor with Prof. Gabriele Kaiser on the Springer Book series, International Perspectives on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematical Modelling. I am an editorial board member of the international journals, Mathematical Thinking and Learning and ZDM--Mathematics Education.


Phone :(03) 5336 5329 (Ballarat)
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Research Interests

Mathematics ; Mathematics Education ; Real-World ; Applications of Mathematics ; Mathematical Modelling ; Metacognition & learning ; Teacher practice ; Issues in Secondary Schooling ;

Methods Expertise

Quantitative & Qualitative ; Qualitative Analysis ; Grounded Theory ; Case-Study Research ; Design-based research ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • Bibliotherapy to Address Mathematics Anxiety In Primary Pre-service Teachers (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Changing self-limiting mindsets of young mathematically gifted students to assist talent development (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • Professional learning and development through reflective practice: Lived experiences of Kenyan chemisty county teacher trainsers (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Leung, F.K.S., Stillman, G.A, Kaiser, G., & Wong, K.L. (Eds), in Mathematical Modelling Education in East and West


Stillman, GA., Kaiser, G., & Lampen, C.R. Sense-Making in Mathematical Modelling and Applications Educational Research and Practice, in G.A. Stillman, , G. Kaiser, & C.R. Lampen (Eds.), Mathematical modelling education and sense-making (pp. 15-32). Cham: Springer.

Stillman, G. A., Kaiser, G., & Lampen, C.E.. (Eds.). Mathematical modelling education and sense-making, in Mathematical modelling education and sense-making. Cham: Springer.

Stillman, G. A., Brown, J.P., & Czocher, J. Yes, Mathematicians do X so students should do X, but it is not the X you think!, in ZDM Mathematics Education, 52(6),1211-1222.


Stillman, G. State of the art on modelling in mathematics education--Lines of inquiry, in G.A. Stillman & J.P. Brown (Eds.), Lines of Inquiry in Mathematical modelling research in education (pp. 1-19). Cham: Springer Open.

Stillman, G.A., & Brown, J.P. (Eds.)., in Lines of Inquiry in Mathematical modelling research in education. Cham: Springer Open.


Czocher, J., Stillman, G., & Brown, J. (2018). Verification and validation: What do we mean?, in J. Hunter et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA), Auckland, (pp. 250-257).

Geiger, V., Stillman, G., Brown, J., Galbraith, P., & Niss, M. Using mathematics to solve real world problems: the role of enablers., in Mathematics Education Research Journal, 30(1), 7-19.

Stillman, G.A. Learning and improving MKT through teaching and professional development mechanisms, in Y. Li & R. Huang (Eds.), How Chinese acquire and improve mathematics knowledge for teaching (pp.263-274). Leiden: Brill Sense.


Galbraith, P., Stillman, G., & Brown, J. The primacy of 'noticing': a key to successful modelling., in G.A. Stillman, W. Blum, & G. Kaiser (Eds.), Mathematical modelling and applications: Crossing and researching boundaries in mathematics education (pp. 83-94). Cham: Springer.

Brown, J., & Stillman, G. Developing the roots of modelling conceptions: 'mathematical modelling is the life of the world'., in International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 48(3), 353-373.


Stillman, G., Brown, J., Galbraith, P., & Ng, K.E.D. Research into mathematical applications and modelling. , in In K. Makar, S. Dole, J. Visnovska, M. Goos, A. Bennison, & K. Fry (Eds.). Research in mathematics education in Australasia 2012-2015 (pp. 281-304) Singapore: Springer.


Stillman, G. A., Blum, W., & Biembengut, M.S.. (Eds.). , in Mathematical modelling in education research and practice: Cultural, social and cognitive influences. Springer, Cham:


Stillman, G., & Brown, J. , in Evidence of implemented anticipation in mathematising by beginning modellers. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 26(4), 763-789.

Brown, J., & Stillman, G. Affordances: Ten Years On, in J. Anderson et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of MERGA


Stillman, G., & Ng, K.E.D. (2013). Embedding authentic real world tasks into secondary mathematics curricula, in A. Damlamian, J.F. Rodrigues, & R. Strasser (Eds.), Educational interfaces between mathematics and industry (pp. pp. 299-307). Cham, Switzerland: Springer

Stillman, G., Brown, J., Faragher, R., Geiger, V., & Galbraith, P. (2013). , in The role of textbook tasks in developing a socio-critial perspective on mathematical modelling. In G. Stillman, G. Kaiser, W. Blum & J. Brown (Eds.), Mathematical Modelling: Connecting to Practice . Dordrecht: Springer.

Stillman, G. A., Kaiser, G., Blum, W., & Brown, J. P. (Eds.). (2013). Teaching mathematical modelling: Connecting to research and practice. Dordrecht: Springer. 627 + xv pp.


Stillman, G., & Galbraith, P. Mathematical modelling: Some issues and reflections, in In W. Blum, R. Borromeo Ferri & K. Maass (Eds.), Mathematikunterricht in kontext von realitaet, kultur und lehrerprofessionalitaet (pp. 97-105). Wiesbaden: Springer Spektrum.


Stillman, G. Applying metacognitive knowledge and strategies in applications and modelling tasks at secondary school, in In G. Kaiser, W., Blum, R., Borromeo Ferri, R., & G. Stillman, (Eds.), Trends in teaching and learning of mathematical Modelling. New York: Springer

Stillman, G., & Brown, J. Pre-service secondary mathematics teachers' affinity with using modelling tasks in teaching years 8-10. , in In G. Kaiser, W., Blum, R., Borromeo Ferri, R., & G. Stillman, (Eds.), Trends in teaching and learning of mathematical modelling, (pp. 289-298). New York: Springer.

G. Kaiser, W.Blum, R. Borromeo-Ferri & G. Stillman (Eds.). Trends in teaching and learning of mathematical modelling.New York: Springer


Implementing applications and modelling in secondary schools: Issues for teaching and learning, in Mathematical applications and modelling: Yearbook 2010 Association of Mathematics Educators


Schwarz, B., Leung, I., Buchholtz, N., Kaiser, G., Stillman, G., Brown, J., & Vale, C. (2008). Future teachersa?? professional knowledge on argumentation and proof: A case study from three countries. , in ZDM-The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 40(5), 791-811.


Identifying key transition activities for enhanced engagement in mathematical modelling, in Identities, cultures and learning spaces, Proceedings of the Twenty Ninth annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)

Galbraith, P., & Stillman, G. A framework for identifying student blockages during transitions in the modelling process., in ZDM, 38(2), 143-162.


Can the notion of affordances be of use in the design of a technology enriched mathematics curriculum?, in Mathematics Education for the third millennium: Towards 2010, Proceedings of the 27th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia