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Joanne Mulligan is Professor of Education specialising in mathematics and STEM education from early childhood to secondary level. Joanne's background is in educational psychology, primary teaching and professional leadership. She has expertise in the psychology of mathematics education, specialising in research in early mathematical development and learning, pedagogy, assessment and curricula. Her 27 years of service to Macquarie University includes pre-service teacher education program teaching, development and co-ordination, supervision of Higher Degree Research students, and Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRiMSE) from 2004-2009. More recently Joanne led the $2.3m Opening Real Science (ORS) Project (2013- 2017) a collaborative cross-institutional project focused on improving primary and secondary teacher education programs under the Australian Government's Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers' scheme (ETMST).

Joanne's research spans cross- and interdisciplinary fields including cognitive and developmental psychology, learning sciences, special education, educational measurement, professional development and teacher education. Since appointment to MQ, she has been awarded successive ARC and stakeholder-funded projects on the development of number and multiplicative reasoning, early algebraic and spatial thinking, represented by large-scale empirically-based longitudinal designs and a range of mixed methodologies.

Joanne is renown for her contribution to the profession through state, national and international curriculum reviews and projects including Count Me In To, Counting On, Numeracy Research in Primary Schools, the Australian Government Quality Teacher Program (AGQTP), the Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM), the Enhancing Success in Mathematics project (ESiM), and Top Drawer Teacher. The impact of the Pattern and Structure Assessment (PASA) and the Pattern and Structure Mathematics Awareness Program (PASMAP) (2003-present) for early mathematics has been achieved at system, national and international level. She actively contributes to international groups in mathematics education such as her recent role as co-chair of the Early Childhood Mathematics Education Group for the International Congress on Mathematics Education 2013-2016, Hamburg (ICME-13) and as the Australasian representative to the International Commission for Mathematical Instruction Study Group 23 (ICMI23) committee, 2014-2017.

Joanne currently leads ARC Discovery project, Connecting Mathematics Learning with Spatial Reasoning (2017-2020) in Grades 3-5 informed by her participation in the International Spatial Reasoning Study Group (IOSTEM, University of Calgary). She is also mathematics education lead on ARC Discovery project, Enriching Mathematics and Science Learning: An Interdisciplinary Approach in Grades 1- 6 through Deakin University.

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Projects 2006 2020

Enriching mathematics and science learning: an interdisciplinary approach

Mulligan, J., Tytler, R., Xu, L., White, P., Schauble, L., Lehrer, R. & Prain, V.

1/01/1831/12/20

Project: Research

Connecting mathematics learning through spatial reasoning

Mulligan, J., Woolcott, G., Mitchelmore, M., Davis, A. & MQRES, M.

7/03/1731/12/20

Project: Research

MQ Learning Sciences Laboratory (MQSL)

Halbert, C., Lockyer, L., Mulligan, J., Arguel, A., Pachman, M., Highfield, K., Newall, C., Chik, H. H. A. & Bower, M.

1/01/1531/12/15

Project: Research

An early childhood community-based mathematics and science approach to addressing Indigenous disadvantage in remote communities

Neilsen-Hewett, C., Grace, R., Alperstein, G., Papic, M., Mulligan, J., McKay-Tempest, J. & MQRES, M.

16/12/1415/12/18

Project: Research

childhood
mathematics
science
community
personnel

Research Outputs 1988 2019

Interdisciplinary mathematics and science (IMS) learning in the primary school

Mulligan, J. & Tytler, R., 2019, Mathematics education research: impacting practice: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia . Hine, G., Blackley, S. & Cooke, A. (eds.). Adelaide, SA: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, p. 811 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference abstractResearch

Primary pre-service teachers noticing of structural thinking in mathematics

Gronow, M., Cavanagh, M. & Mulligan, J., 2019, Mathematics education research: impacting practice: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia . Hine, G., Blackley, S. & Cooke, A. (eds.). Adelaide, SA: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, p. 324–332 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

mathematics
teacher
interview
graduate
classroom

Symposium: research methods involving children’s drawings in mathematical contexts

Mulligan, J., MacDonald, A., Murphy, S., Way, J., Thom, J. S., Quade, K., Chinnappan, M., Trenholm, S., Cheeseman, J. & McDonough, A., 2019, Mathematics education research: impacting practice: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia . Hine, G., Blackley, S. & Cooke, A. (eds.). Adelaide, SA: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, p. 99–116 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearch

research method
coding
mathematics

The development of a spatial reasoning assessment interview in the primary grades

Mulligan, J., Woolcott, G., Mitchelmore, M. & Davis, B., 2019, Mathematics education research: impacting practice: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia . Hine, G., Blackley, S. & Cooke, A. (eds.). Adelaide, SA: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, p. 812 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference abstractResearch

Young children’s movement in outdoor spaces: could this reveal mathematical awareness?

McCluskey, C., Mulligan, J. & Van Bergen, P., 2019, Mathematics education research: impacting practice: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia . Hine, G., Blackley, S. & Cooke, A. (eds.). Adelaide, SA: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, p. 484-492 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

cognition
school

Activities 1986 2019

  • 40 Invited talk
  • 6 Oral presentation

Engaging children in mathematical thinking through spacial reasoning: keynote address

Joanne Mulligan (Speaker)
2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Preferred methodology and theoretical perspectives

Joanne Mulligan (Speaker)
14 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Opening Real Science: Implementing sustainable models for collaborative cross-faculty course design and collaboration

Joanne Mulligan (Speaker)
9 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Developing new insights in children's number and arithmetic learning: Current research and practice

Joanne Mulligan (Speaker)
16 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk