Doctor Maree Skillen

Doctor Maree Skillen

DAP, Undergraduate Primary Education & ACA, Undergraduate Primary Education,
Dean's Unit - School of Education

Director of Academic Program, Undergraduate Primary Education,
Dean's Unit - School of Education

Lecturer - Primary Mathematics,
Primary Education (SoE)


Dr Maree Skillen is a lecturer in the School of Education at Western Sydney University.

Maree has a broad background in K-12 education, with expertise in the curriculum and pedagogical areas of science, mathematics and computing. She has held senior management and executive roles in tertiary institutions and secondary schools across NSW, including being appointed as the first female Executive member in 116 years of a prestigious private Boys’ school in Sydney. Maree has worked with the International Baccalaureate Organisation as a Diploma programme examiner for Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS). In her various roles, Maree has been responsible for staff professional learning and development; teacher accreditation; staff mentoring programs; academic timetabling; the integration of technology into and across subjects; and, the registration processes for non-government schools with NESA (formerly, the NSW Board of Studies).

Prior to joining WSU in her current role, Maree was the Program Manager, Science at UTS INSEARCH. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating and setting up a new Diploma of Science program that incorporated streams in both Physical Sciences and Life Sciences. Maree also had a key role in leading and developing subjects offered as part of the Diploma of Engineering program for delivery to students in both Sydney and offshore locations.

Maree completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 2007 through the Science and Mathematics Centre (SMEC) at Curtin University of Technology. Her doctoral research focused on the promotion of thinking skills within the secondary classroom using digital media. The research utilised a longitudinal case study approach, whilst a mixed methodology was used for the data collection process. Maree’s current research interests include cognitive development; mathematics education; mathematical problem-solving; teacher education; and technology in teaching and learning with an emphasis on mobile devices and Apps. She has presented her research internationally in China, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Thailand, and most recently in Taiwan. In 2008, she was awarded the New South Wales Premier’s Scholarship for Mathematics which enabled her to complete a study tour in the United Kingdom on the use of technology in Mathematics with a focus on mobile devices.

Maree is the immediate past Editor of the professional journal, Australian Mathematics Teachers (AMT); a role that she held for 3-years. Other achievements include delivering the Keynote presentation for the 2017 Accenture International Woman’s Day (IWD) event in Sydney; as well as, leading a series of interactive STEM-based workshops in India to encourage young women to pursue studies in science, and increasing significantly female uptake in science-based subjects at UTS INSEARCH.


This information has been contributed by Doctor Skillen.


  • PhD Curtin University of Technology
  • MLMEd University of Newcastle (NSW)
  • MEd University of Tasmania
  • DipEd University of Western Sydney, Macarthur
  • BSc University of Western Sydney, Macarthur

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Council of Educational Leadership (ACEL) (1992)
  • Australian Council of Education (ACE) (1992)
  • Mathematics Association of New South Wales (MANSW) (1992)
  • Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) (2009)
  • Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) (1992)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) (2014)


  • Technology and Education, Cognitive Theories, Mathematics Pedagogy

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Education
  • Dean's Unit - School of Education
  • Primary Education (SoE)


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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101580 Primary Mathematics and Numeracy 1, 2014
  • 101584 Primary Mathematics and Numeracy 2, 2014


Journal Articles

  • Skillen, M. (2008), 'Promoting thinking skills within the secondary classroom using digital media', IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, vol 281 , pp 119 - 126.

Conference Papers

  • Skillen, M. (2011), 'Using information technology to promote thinking', , .
  • Skillen, M. (2011), 'Using information technology in education to manage a professional learning community (PLC)', , .

Cognitive development

Mathematics education

Mathematical problem-solving

Teacher education

Technology in teaching and learning

This information has been contributed by Doctor Skillen.

Previous Projects

Title: Practice Changing Practice: Leadership Development through Action Research (Phase 1)
  • Metella Road Public School
Western Researchers: Catherine Attard, Rachael Jacobs, Maree Skillen and Annette Sartor
Years: 2019-05-09 - 2020-02-28
ID: P00025722

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