About IMSITE

This project involves collaboration between the mathematicians, scientists, and educators listed below. Collectively the team has a strong track record in learning and teaching in higher education, leadership of professional associations and networks, and curriculum development. The consortium of six universities also has an outstanding research record: in ERA 2012 they achieved 25 ratings of 4 or 5 in the two-digit FoRs of mathematical sciences (01), physical sciences (02), chemical sciences (03), earth sciences (04), environmental sciences (05), biological sciences (06), and education (13). In each of these FoRs at least one of the consortium universities gained an ERA two-digit rating of 5. These achievements provide assurance that the project will be conducted in an academic environment of the highest quality.

Project Objectives:

(1) To foster genuine, lasting collaboration between the mathematicians, scientists, and mathematics/science teacher educators who prepare future teachers of secondary school mathematics and science, with an emphasis on the middle-school years.

(2) To identify and institutionalise new ways of integrating the content expertise of mathematicians and scientists, and the pedagogical expertise of mathematics and science teacher educators.
Project team members:

Project Co-Leader (UQ): Professor Merrilyn Goos is Head of School of Education at The University of Queensland. Her research interests are in mathematics teacher learning and development.

Project Co-Leader (UQ): Professor Joseph Grotowski is Head of School of Mathematics & Physics at The University of Queensland. Since February 2013, he has been the Chair of the Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences.

Dr Michael Bulmer (UQ) is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Physics.
He is the Chief Academic Advisor Undergraduate BSc BA Mathematics.

Dr Jana Visnovska (UQ) is a lecturer in mathematics education at the University of Queensland.  Her research is in mathematics and statistics education, and teacher professional development.

 

James Cook University joint coordinator: Dr Shaun Belward is Head of Discipline of Mathematics and Statistics in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

James Cook University joint coordinator: Dr Jo Balatti is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education teaching mathematics education for secondary school pre-service teachers and foundations of mathematics for early childhood and primary pre-service teachers. 

 


University of Sydney coordinator: Assoc Prof Judy Anderson is Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and Coordinator Secondary Mathematics Curriculum, and past President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (2008-2009).

Assoc Prof Leon Poladian (Usyd) is Teaching Director (Applied) within the School of Mathematics and Statistics and a member of the Teaching Education Advisory Board for the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Dr Louise Sutherland (USyd) is a Senior Lecturer in science education, Program Director of the Master of Teaching, and Coordinator Science Curriculum K-12.

Dr Charlotte Taylor (USyd) is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences and Associate Dean Student Experience in the Faculty of Science.

University of Newcastle coordinator: Dr Judy-anne Osborn is a Lecturer and First Year Experience coordinator in the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. 


Dr Andrew Kepert (UoN) is a Lecturer in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, based at the Ourimbah campus, and AMC problems committee coordinator with the Australian Mathematics Trust in Canberra.

Dr Elena Prieto (UoN) is a Lecturer in the School of Education and Deputy Program Convenor Master of Educational Studies (mathematics cohort).

Dr Peter Howley (UoN) is a Senior Lecturer in statistics in the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

University of Wollongong coordinator: Dr Caz Sandison is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics.

Dr Tricia Forrester (UoW) is a Lecturer in mathematics education, Director of the BMathEd and BScEd Programs, and an Executive member of the Primary Association for Mathematics within the Mathematical Association of New South Wales.

Assoc Prof Annette Worthy (UoW) in the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics is mathematics coordinator and responsible for liaison with the BMathEd and BScEd degrees.

Assoc Prof Rodney Vickers (UoW) is Head of the School of Engineering Physics and Subdean of the Faculty of Engineering. He has extensive experience with physics programs targeting secondary school students. 

University of Tasmania coordinator: Professor Kim Beswick is Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Education. She is currently President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, a member of the AMSI Education Advisory Committee, and Chair of the education sub-committee contributing to the work of the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for the Mathematical Sciences in developing a decadal plan for the discipline.

Dr Andrew Seen (UTas) is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry. He is an environmental/analytical chemist with an extensive history of outreach and interactions with primary and secondary school students. 


Dr Chris Burke (UTas) is Associate Dean Learning and Teaching. He is a microbial ecologist working on aquatic environments and has been researching student learning of science in higher education out of the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS).

Assoc Prof Sharon Fraser (UTas) Associate Professor in Science Education. She holds doctorates in both science and science education, and has conducted research in both areas.

Dr Irene Penesis Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Hydrodynamics, Australian Maritime College (AMC).


Professor Simon Ellingsen (UTas) is Head of Discipline – Physics.  His major areas of research are in the formation of massive stars, in particular through the study of methanol masers and other molecular maser species.




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