Assistant Professor, University of Canberra
Tracy is a qualified primary school teacher, who has previously lectured to undergraduate pre-service teachers in the discipline of mathematics education. As an early career academic, most of Tracy's research has emerged from involvement in five ARC Discovery grants. Her areas of strength reside within student's spatial reasoning, mathematics assessment and the use of digital tools for mathematics sense making. Tracy's research involves a range of mixed-paradigm research methodologies, including data collection in longitudinal mass-testing situations; one-on-one interviews; cross-country comparisons of students' numeracy development; student and teacher focus groups; longitudinal case studies; and stimulated recall.Her industry involvement has included research projects with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and the World Bank (Indonesia).
Tracy is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Canberra in the area of mathematics education, with a focus on secondary data analysis utilising a sophisticated framework that analyses both quantitative and qualitative data. Her Master's thesis at Queensland University of Technology was awarded dissertation of the year.
When we read maps, pack the car for holidays, assemble flat-pack furniture or cut cake into equal slices, we use spatial reasoning skills. These allow us to mentally manipulate objects or think in a way that relates to...