STEM-RG resources and publications

Education resources

Related resources

Publications and conference papers

Recent presentations

A distinctive approach to engaging regionally based professionals to address the special challenges faced by students in regional universities. Crossing the bridge: New frameworks for STEM teacher education. Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers National Dissemination Workshop, 9 June, 2016, Brisbane. G. Woolcott, invited presentation.

Engaging pre-service mathematics teachers in creating spatially-based problems in a 3D virtual environment: A CAVE2TM experience. The 40th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia), June 2017, Canberra. M. Marshman, G. Woolcott, G., & S. Long.

The modelling process and pre-service teacher confidence. In A. Downton & S. Livy (Eds.), 40 years on: We are still learning! (Proceedings of the 40th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia), June 2017, Canberra. T. Axelsen, L. Galligan, & G. Woolcott.

Critical incidents in a mathematics class: Reactions from two pre-service teachers. The Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE2016), 27 November-1 December, 2016, Melbourne. M. Marshman, P. Dunn (USC) and G. Woolcott (SCU)

Transforming pre-service teacher education in STEM through innovations in research collaborations and reflective practice. The Annual Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE2016), 27 November-1 December, 2016, Melbourne, G. Woolcott (SCU) and M. Marshman (USC).

Selected publications by STEM-RG members


Grootenboer, P., & Marshman, M. (2016). Mathematics, affect and learning. Middle school students’ beliefs and attitudes about mathematics education. New York, NY: Springer.

Hine, G., Reaburn, R., Anderson, J., Galligan, L., Carmichael, C., Cavanagh, M., Ngu, B., & White, B. (2016). Teaching Secondary Mathematics. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Woolcott, G., & Whannell, R. (Eds.)(in press). Senior secondary science: Theory and practice. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.

Book chapters

Coupland, M., Dunn, P. K., Galligan, L., Oates, G., & Trenholm, S. (2016). Tertiary mathematics education. In K. Makar, S. Dole, J. Visnovska, M. Goos, A. Bennison & K. Fry (Eds.), Research in mathematics education in Australasia 20012–2015 (pp. 187-211). Singapore: Springer Science & Business Media.

McGraw, A., McDonough, S., Wines, C., & O’Loughlan, C. (2016). Activating teaching dispositions in carefully constructed contexts: Examining the impact of classroom intensives. In R. Brandenburg, S. McDonough, J. Burke & S. White (Eds.), Teacher education: Innovation, intervention and impact (pp. 193-209). Singapore: Springer.

Woolcott, G. (2016). Technology and human cultural accumulation: The role of emotion. In S. Tettegah & R. E. Ferdig (Eds.), Emotions, technology, and learning (Vol. 1 in series: Emotions and technology: Communication of feelings for, with, and through digital media editor S.Y. Tettegah, pp. 243-263). London: Academic Press.

Refereed Journal articles

  1. A., Woolcott, G., Keast, R., & Chamberlain, D. (in press). Sustainability of collaborative networks in higher education research projects: Why complexity? Why now?. Public Administration Review.

Lake, W., Wallin, M., Boyd, W. E., Woolcott, G., Boyd, W., Foster, A., & Markopoulos, C. (in press). Optimising the efficacy of hybrid academic

teams: Lessons from a systematic review process. Australian Universities’ Review.

Mulligan, J., Woolcott, G., Mitchelmore, M., & Davis, B. (2017). Connecting mathematics learning through spatial reasoning. Mathematics Education Research Journal, Special Issue. doi:10.1007/s13394-017-0210-x

Chen, O., Woolcott, G., & Sweller, J. (2017). Using cognitive load theory to structure MOOCs and other computer-based learning. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. doi:10.1111/jcal.12188

Francis, K., Bruce, C., Davis, B., Drefs, M., Hallowell, D., Hawes, Z., McGarvey, L., Moss, J., Mulligan, J., Okamoto, Y., Sinclair, N., Woolcott, G., & Whitely, W. (2017). Multidisciplinary perspectives on a video case of children designing and coding for robotics. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. doi: 10.1080/14926156.2017.1297510.

Woolcott, G., Pfeiffer, L., Yeigh, T., Donnelly, J., Whannell, R., & Scott, A. (2017). Enhancing science and mathematics teacher education: Evaluating an enhancement module for science pre-service teachers. International Journal of Learning and Change, 9(2), 131-144.

Bruce, C., Davis, B., Sinclair, N., McGarvey, L., Hallowell, D., Drefs, M., Francis, K., Hawes, Z., Moss, J., Mulligan, J., Okamoto, Y., Whitely, W., & Woolcott, G. (2016). Understanding gaps in research networks: using spatial reasoning as a window into the importance of networked educational research. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 95(2).


Afari, E., Ward, G., & Khine, M.S. (2012). Global self-esteem and self-efficacy correlates: Relation of academic achievement and self-esteem among Emirati students. International Education Studies, 5(2), 49–57.

Graham, L., & Bellert, A. (2012). Literacy, numeracy and low-achieving students: Cautious directions from cognitive neuroscience. Paper presented to the Successful Learning Conference, Sydney, NSW, 8-9 October.

Graham, L., Bellert, A., Thomas, J., & Pegg, J. (2007). QuickSmart: A basic academic skills intervention for middle school students with learning difficulties. Journal of learning disabilities, 40(5), 410-419.

Boyd, W., Foster, A., Smith, J., & Boyd, W.E. (2014). Feeling good about teaching mathematics: Addressing anxiety amongst pre-service teachers. Creative Education, 5(4), 207-217.

Chaseling, M., Boyd, W. E., Robson, K., & Brown, L. (2014). Whatever it takes! Developing professional learning communities in primary school mathematics education. Creative Education, 5, 864-876.

Forbes, A. & Skamp, K. R. (2013). Knowing and learning about science in primary school ‘communities of science practice’: The views of participating scientists in the MyScience Initiative. Research in Science Education, 43(3), 1005-1028.

Luke, H., Lloyd, D. J., Boyd, W. E., & den Exter, K. A. (2014). Improving conservation community group effectiveness using mind mapping and action research. Conservation and Society, 12(1), 43-53.

Mason, R., & Cooper, G. (2013). Mindstorms robots and the application of cognitive load theory in introductory programming, Computer Science Education, 23(4), 296- 314.

Mason, R., Cooper, G., & Comber, T. (2011). Girls get IT. ACM Inroads, 2(3), 71- 77.

Markopoulos, C., & Alexopoulou, E. (2012). Representational systems on 3D navigation process. In C. Kynigos, J. E. Clayson & N. Yiannoutsou (Eds.), Constructionism 2012: Theory, Practice and Impact. (pp. 184-193). Athens, Greece.

Markopoulos, C., & Diamantis, M. (2012). Geometrical transformations in the New Mathematics Curriculum: The case of reflection. In E. Koleza, A. Garmpis & C. Markopoulos (Eds.), Innovative approaches in education: Design and networking, (pp.73-90). Patras, Greece: University of Patras.

Mulligan, J., & Woolcott, G. (2015). What lies beneath? The conceptual connectivity underpinning whole number arithmetic. In X. Sun, B. Kaur & J. Novotná (Eds.), The twenty-third ICMI Study: Primary mathematics study on whole numbers, pp. 220-228. Macao, China: University of Macau.

Rumiati, R. & Wright, R.J. (2014). Mental Calculation Strategies of a student attending a special school for the intellectually disabled. Proceedings of the 37th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Sydney, 29 June to 5 July, 2014.

Rumiati, R. (2014). Arithmetical strategies of a student with Down Syndrome. Proceedings of the 37th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Sydney, 29 June to 5 July, 2014.

Skamp, K. R., Boyes, E., & Stanisstreet, M. (2013). Beliefs and willingness to act about global warming: Where to focus science pedagogy? Science Education, 97(2), 191- 217.

Tran, T. L. & Wright, R. J. (2014). Beliefs of teachers who teach intensive one- to-one intervention about links to classroom teaching. Proceedings of the 37th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Sydney, 29 June to 5 July, 2014.

Tran, T. L., & Wright, R. J. (2014). Using an experimental framework of key elements to parse one-to-one, targeted intervention teaching in whole-number arithmetic. Proceedings of the 38th Conference of the International Group for Psychology of Mathematics (PME38), July, Vancouver, Canada.

Ward, G. (2011). Constructing an effective and empowering mathematics learning environment for EFL engineering students. Dissertation for a Mathematics Education Doctorate (MEdD). Curtin University, WA: Curtin University Press.

Woolcott, G. (2013). The place of the natural sciences in the modern curriculum: The view from modern science. The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 19(3), 269-278.

Woolcott, G., Chamberlain, D., & Mulligan, J. (2015). Using network analysis to connect structural relationships in early mathematics assessment. Proceedings of the 39th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July 2015, Hobart, Australia. Forthcoming.

Wright, R. J. (2014). Assessing early numeracy: Significance, trends, nomenclature, context, key topics, learning framework and assessment tasks. South African Journal of Childhood Education, 3(2), 21-40.

Wright, R. J., Ellemor-Collins, D., & Tabor, P. D. (2011). Developing number knowledge: Assessment, teaching and intervention with 7-11 year olds (Vol. 4). London: Sage.


New funded projects

Connecting spatial reasoning and mathematics conceptual development using network analysis. A Seed grant from the DVC(R) at Southern Cross University, awarded to Geoff Woolcott and project partners Christos Markopoulos and Joanne Mulligan (Macquarie University).

Applying an alternative mathematics pedagogy for students with weak mathematics foundation: Phase 1: meta-analysis of alternative pedagogies. SCU Higher Education Participation Project (HEPP) Grant to Prof W. Boyd, Dr G. Woolcott, Dr C. Markopoulos, Mr A. Foster, Dr W. Boyd & Ms M. Wallin.

The Spatial Research Study Group (SRSG) – Second Special Symposium for the Spatial Reasoning Network Mapping Project (SRPNMP) organised by Prof Brent Davis of the University of Calgary (Canada), 17-25 August, 2015, Kananaskis, Canada and funded by the IOSTEM Early Years Mathematics Initiative.


Dr Geoff Woolcott