Catherine is an Associate Professor in primary mathematics education and Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Western Sydney University. Her PhD research was focused on engagement with mathematics and issues surrounding the teaching practices that influence students’ engagement. Catherine’s more recent research has explored the effective use of mobile technologies to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics. She is also researching the effectiveness of sustained professional development on building teacher capacity and improving student learning outcomes. Other research projects that Catherine has been involved with include the ‘Fair Go Bridges’ project, exploring the engaging pedagogies of exemplary teachers in greater western Sydney schools. Catherine has also recently conducted a project with funding from Financial Literacy Australia, to explore the use of financial literacy education as a tool to promote engagement with mathematics at schools from low socio-economic areas.
Catherine’s passion is teaching. She has won several national teaching awards, including a 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Teaching Excellence Award, a national Office of Learning and Teaching citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and the UWS University Award for Excellence in Teaching. She regularly presents workshops and keynotes nationally and internationally, is a past President of the Mathematical Association of New South Wales and current Secretary of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. She is also the immediate past editor of the national journal, Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom and the Director of the Education Knowledge Network within the School of Education at Western Sydney University, which provides high quality professional learning for practicing early childhood, primary and secondary teachers. Catherine has published several teaching resource books as well as a mathematics board game, Mabble.