Assoc Prof Bronwyn Ewing

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Senior Lecturer

Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University), BTch(Hons) (Southern Cross University), BTch (Southern Cross University)

I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the QUT School of Teacher Education and Leadership, course coordinator for the Masters of Teaching (Primary) program and Leader of the STEM Education Research Group operationalised through the Faculty of Education. I mentor Higher Degree Research students through the following specialisations:

  • Social justice and mathematics education
  • Youth Justice, education and disability
  • Special education, technology and mathematics education
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy and mathematics education
  • Indigenous Education Policy

Research interests: Problems of education failure for low socio-economic, Indigenous and special needs children and young people.

I study the problem of education failure with a specific focus on pedagogy and mathematics.  I use a transdisciplinary frame of study for my work and anchor most of it in theoretical approaches that emphasise pedagogical, contextual and multi-sensory influences on individual learning. I often use mixed-method designs and am most intrigued by studies that lend themselves to application in real and lived settings of the population at hand. My research falls into several broad categories:

  • Unlocking the learning potential of incarcerated low SES and Indigenous young people
  • Multi-sensory and multi-representational teaching and learning in special schools in Queensland
  • Learning Together: Bringing prisoners and students together for peer learning about crime and justice

Challenges to learning can be encountered in pedagogy and contextual factors. Current topics include:

  • Pedagogical influences on students marginalised from mathematics learning
  • Multi-sensory learning for students with intellectual disability
  • Teaching mathematics using virtual reality and drones

Projects (Chief investigator)