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Professor Tom Cooper

Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Personal

Name
Professor Tom Cooper
Position(s)
Professor
Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Specialist Studies in Education
Phone
+61 7 3138 3331
Fax
+61 7 3138 3985
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (University of Adelaide), DipEd (University of Adelaide), BSc(Hons) (University of Adelaide)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • School of Teacher Education and Leadership
  • Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME)
  • Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
  • Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers (QAMT) – Executive Committee, 2000-4
  • Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Keywords

Algebra and generalisation, Diagnosis and remediation, Indigenous education, Mathematics education, Professional Development of teachers and teacher aides, Thinking skills & problem-solving, Vocational education and training (VET)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Tom is Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of the YuMi Deadly Centre in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership. Tom has been working in mathematics education since 1976, working with schools since 1979 and supervising higher degrees since 1986. He was Head of the School of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education at QUT from 1991 to 2005 and since then has focused on research, co-founding the YuMi Deadly Centre with Associate Professor Annette Baturo in 2009.

Tom has been Chief Investigator in over $14 million of research grants and has a passion for understanding and improving mathematics teaching and learning in schools containing Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, immigrant, refugee and low-SES students. He has particular interests in algebra learning, teacher change, social justice and mathematics pedagogy.

Tom has supervised over 25 PhD, EdD and MEd (Research) students to completion, has co-written over 100 publications and has presented regularly at national and international conferences. In 2007 and 2008, Tom was appointed by the Australian Federal Minister for Education as a Numeracy Ambassador for National Literacy and Numeracy Week.

This information has been contributed by Professor Tom Cooper.

Teaching

Mathematics, with expertise in

  • Numeracy
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Mental Computation
  • Algebra
  • Professional Development
  • Teacher Change
  • Mathematics Education
  • Indigenous Capacity Building – Mathematics.
This information has been contributed by Professor Tom Cooper.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2015
Details
Third Chief Investigator on ARC Discovery Indigenous grant, IN150100045 Unlocking the learning potential of incarcerated and low SES young people,2015-2018, Total Funding Awarded: $450,000
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Invited speaker for inaugural ATSIMA national conference, Creating Connections & Growing Understanding, on numeracy, mathematics and Indigenous learners held in Adelaide from 10-11 November 2014.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2012
Details
First Chief Investigator on ARC Linkage grant, LP120200591 Accelerating the mathematics learning of low socio-economic status junior secondary students (2013-2015), ARC Funding $684,742
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2009
Details
Invited guest speaker at conferences and activities for South Australian Literacy and Numeracy Week, 23-28 August 2009
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2008
Details
Appointed Numeracy Ambassador for National Literacy and Numeracy Week
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2007
Details
Appointed Numeracy Ambassador for National Literacy and Numeracy Week

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Unlocking the Learning Potential of Incarcerated and Low SES Young People
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
IN150100045
Start year
2016
Keywords
Indigenous; Education; Incarcerated; Mathematics; Pedagogy; Numeracy; Indigenous Youth; Low SES Youth
Title
Accelerating the mathematics learning of low socio-economic status junior secondary students
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP120200591
Start year
2013
Keywords
Education; Mathematics; Secondary; Numeracy
Title
Skilling Indigenous Australia: Effective Numeracy Learning For Employment By Regional And Remote Indigenous Students In Vocational Education And Training Courses
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0989663
Start year
2009
Keywords
Indigenous; Mathematics; Vocational Education and Training; Postsecondary Education; Indigenous Empowerment; Numeracy;
Title
Young Student's Generalisation in Arithmetic and Algebra: Patterns and Mathematical Structure
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0987737
Start year
2009
Keywords
Generalsing Matematical Thinking; Early Algebraic Thinking; Cognitive Development; Primary Education; Structure of Matematics
Title
Using Indigenous World Views to Move Upper Primary Indigenous Students from Arithmetic to Algebra: A Case Study of the Dunwich Community
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
2007
Keywords
Title
Indigenous World View, Algebra Pedagogy and Improving Indigenous Performance in Secondary Mathematics
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DI0668328
Start year
2006
Keywords
Indigenous Education; Algebra; Learning; Mathematics Education; Contextualisation
Title
Numeracy for Access to Traineeships and Apprenticeships, Vocational Studies, Empowerment and Low-Achieving Post Year 10 Students
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0455667
Start year
2005
Keywords
Vocational Education; Post secondary education; Numeracy; Empowerment; Open Learning;
Title
Sustainable mathematics education capacity building: Empowering Indigenous teacher aides to enhance rural and remote Indigenous students numeracy outcomes
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0562352
Start year
2005
Keywords
Indigenous education Primary education Teacher aides Numeracy Learning Teaching
Title
Connecting and Generalising Arithmetic into Powerful Abstract Systems: Year 2 to 5 Children's Cognitive Development with Respect to Algebraic Reasoning
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0348820
Start year
2003
Keywords
Primary Education; Early Algebra; Cognitive Development; Mathematics Education; Learning; Teacher Professional Development
Title
Non-Indigenous Teachers, Indigenous Teacher-Aides and Indigenous Communities: Rephasing Relationships to Enhance Mathematics Learning Outcomes for Rural and Remote Indigenous Students.
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0348009
Start year
2003
Keywords
Indigenous Education; Primary Education; Teacher - Aides; Mathematics Education; Learning; Professional Development

Supervision