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Professor Tom Cooper

Faculty of Education,
School of Curriculum


Professor Tom Cooper
Faculty of Education,
School of Curriculum
Discipline *
Curriculum and Pedagogy, Specialist Studies in Education
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Identifiers and profiles

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

Professional memberships
and associations
  • School of Curriculum
  • 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)
  • Mathematics Education Lecturers Association (MELA)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

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


Tom is currently Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of the YuMi Deadly Centre in the School of Curriculum. Tom has been involved in studying mathematics education for over 30 years and for the past 15 years has been involved in research projects in early algebra, looking at the act of generalisation, and in Indigenous education, supporting mathematics learning in Indigenous and low SES schools and remote communities across Queensland.

Tom has co-written over 100 publications in the last 20 years and has presented regularly at national and international conferences. He has been a Chief Investigator in over $5 million of research grants,and Chief Consultant in over $1 million of consultancies.

Tom regularly conducts seminars for HDR students and has supervised over 25 PhD, EdD and MEd (Research) students to completion.

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.


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.


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