Personal details

Dr David Nutchey
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Education,
School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Discipline *
Specialist Studies in Education, Cognitive Sciences, Curriculum and Pedagogy
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Diploma in Education (Senior Years) (Queensland University of Technology)


mathematics education, design experiment, knowledge building, integrated curriculum

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


David began his career as a software engineer for a large multi-national semiconductor manufacturer after completing his Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering qualification. In that role, he not only developed the technical skills and understanding necessary to develop complex software, he also actively participated in the organisational activities associated with improving the company’s software development capability. It was in these ‘extra’ activities that David developed a passion for learning and for creating environments in which others could learn.

David returned to university to complete his Graduate Diploma in Education, before undertaking his PhD study. In that study, his focus was on the modelling of knowledge and understanding in the domain of mathematics, with the view to the development of improved software-based learning environments that better account for the processes by which learners come to understand in this highly structured domain of knowledge.

David continues to develop theory and practice with regards to the modelling of knowledge and understanding in the domain of mathematics. This research interest is paralleled by his teaching activity that spans the disciplines of Science, Mathematics and engineering-based Design and Technology, with a particular interest in the development in integrated maths-science curriculum for the middle years of education.

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David leads the teaching of the suite of secondary mathematics curriculum studies (methods) units in both the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary) programs. He is also the study-area coordinator for the STEM in Education study area in the Graduate Certificate in Education and Master of Education courses.

The focus of David’s teaching is upon bring realistic or life-related contexts into the classroom, both to generate deep understanding of disciplinary knowledge but also to foster students motivation and engagement towards the STEM disciplines, especially Mathematics, as tools for doing useful work.

In terms of the pre-service STEM teacher’s experience, David is interested in creating a developmental progression from first year discipline studies, through curriculum studies and professional experience, and then onto the beginning years of teaching. Ultimately, David hopes to create a closed loop, in which graduates become mentors for pre-service teachers and encourage their own students to undertake university-level study of STEM, including in the teaching profession.

This information has been contributed by Dr David Nutchey.


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

Research projects

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

Accelerating the mathematics learning of low socio-economic status junior secondary students
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Education; Mathematics; Secondary; Numeracy
Facilitating Improvements in Prison Inmates and Juvenile Offenders' Numeracy to Enhance Their Employment and Life Chances
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Numeracy; Recidivism; Mathematics; Education; Education of Prisoners; Juvenile Offenders; Adult Education