Science of Learning Research Centre


SLRC Seminar Series


Date: Wednesday 22nd June

Time:  4.30 – 6.00pm (45 minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes question time and 30 minute tea/coffee)

Venue: Level 7 Seminar Room, Queensland Brain Institute (Building #79) The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus

Speakers: Professor David Clarke and Dr Man Ching Esther Chan

In this presentation, we report the key findings from three complementary projects:
• the study of student learning when engaged in individual, pair and collaborative group work (The Social Unit of Learning Project),
• the role of teacher selective attention in facilitating teacher professional learning (The Learning from Lessons Project) and
• the identification of the professional lexicon employed by middle school mathematics teachers in Australia and eight other countries to describe the events of the mathematics classroom (The International Lexicon Project).
These three studies find their nexus in the social nature of learning in classrooms. We discuss the implications of the project findings for the optimal functioning of the mathematics classroom as a site for student and teacher learning.

Bio: Professor David Clarke
Professor David Clarke is Director of the International Centre for Classroom Research (ICCR) at the University of Melbourne. Over the last twenty years, his research activity has centred on capturing the complexity of classroom practice through a program of international video-based classroom research in more than 20 countries. Other significant research has addressed teacher professional learning, metacognition, problem-based learning, assessment, multi-theoretic research designs, cross-cultural analyses, curricular alignment, and the challenge of research synthesis in education. Professor Clarke has written books on assessment and on classroom research and has published his research work in around 200 book chapters, journal articles and conference proceedings papers. The establishment of the Science of Learning Research Classroom at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in 2015 provides Professor Clarke with access to new levels of detail and experimental precision for his classroom research.

Bio: Dr Man Ching Esther Chan
Dr Man Ching Esther Chan is a Research Fellow in the ICCR at The University of Melbourne. She is a registered psychologist who specialises in educational psychology and assessment. She is currently involved in several research projects at the ICCR, including an investigation of collaborative problem solving in mathematics, and a study of the knowledge construction process of mathematics teachers. Prior to joining the ICCR, she worked on several Australian Government funded projects in student wellbeing and achievement, early literacy assessment, and school retention. She was awarded the Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2015 by the Australian Government and was hosted six months by the University of California, Berkeley.

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