Associate Professor Carmel Coady

Associate Professor Carmel Coady

Adjunct Associate Professor,
Learning Transformations


I have been with the University of Western Sydney since 1989 and prior to that I was a secondary mathematics teacher in various New South Wales secondary schools.

My areas of expertise are in the learning and teaching of mathematics and statistics. I specialise in the teaching of these disciplines to first-year students.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Coady.


  • PhD University of New England
  • BAppSc Mitchell CAE
  • MA University of New South Wales
  • BEd Mitchell CAE

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Learning Transformations


Phone: (02) 47360 995
(02) 47360 995
Location: Y.3.10
Penrith (Kingswood)Y.3.10
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Journal Articles

  • Date-Huxtable, L., Cavanagh, M., Coady, C. and Easey, M. (2018), 'Conceptualisations of infinity by primary pre-service teachers', Mathematics Education Research Journal, vol 30, no 4 , pp 545 - 567.
  • Bilgin, A., Date-Huxtable, L., Coady, C., Geiger, V., Cavanagh, M., Mulligan, J. and Petocz, P. (2017), 'Opening real science : evaluation of an online module on statistical literacy for pre-service primary teachers', Statistics Education Research Journal, vol 16, no 1 , pp 120 - 138.
  • Matthews, K., Belward, S., Coady, C., Rylands, L. and Simbag, V. (2016), 'Curriculum development for quantitative skills in degree programs : a cross-institutional study situated in the life sciences', Higher Education Research and Development, vol 35, no 3 , pp 545 - 559.
  • Rylands, L., Simbag, V., Matthews, K., Coady, C. and Belward, S. (2013), 'Scientists and mathematicians collaborating to build quantitative skills in undergraduate science', International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, vol 44, no 6 , pp 834 - 845.
  • Armstrong, L., Power, C., Coady, C. and Dormer, L. (2011), 'Video-based supplemental instruction : creating opportunities for at-risk students undertaking engineering mathematics', Australasian Journal of Peer Learning, vol 4, no 1 , pp 3 - 15.
  • Mallet, D., Nelson, M., Porter, A., Dekkers, A., Townley-Jones, M., Hudson, I., Belward, S., Coady, C. and King, D. (2011), 'Australian Learning and Teaching Council projects in the mathematical sciences : a retrospective', ANZIAM Journal, vol 53 , pp 576 - 591.
  • Rylands, L. and Coady, C. (2009), 'Performance of students with weak mathematics in first year mathematics and science', International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, vol 40, no 6 , pp 741 - 753.

Conference Papers

  • Nicholas, J., Rylands, L., Coady, C., Armstrong, L., Dhindsa, H., McGlynn, S., Nicholls, J., Pettigrew, J. and Shearman, D. (2015), 'A tale of two very different mathematics support centres at two very different universities', Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications. Conference, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Dhindsa, H., Armstrong, L., Coady, C., Nicholls, J., Pettigrew, J. and Shearman, D. (2014), 'Tertiary students' engagement in a mathematics support program', Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Shearman, D., Rylands, L. and Coady, C. (2013), 'Improving student engagement in mathematics using simple but effective methods', Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), University of Sydney.
  • Shearman, D., Pettigrew, J., Coady, C., Armstrong, L. and Dhindsa, H. (2013), 'I don't get it : just-in-time support for confused students', Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Canberra, A.C.T..
  • Belward, S., Matthews, K., Rylands, L., Coady, C., Adams, P. and Simbag, V. (2011), 'A Study of the Australian Tertiary Sector's Portrayed View of the Relevance of Quantitative Skills in Science', AAMT-MERGA conference held in Alice Springs, 3-7 July 2011, incorporating the 23rd biennial conference of The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc. and the 34th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc., Alice Springs.
  • Rylands, L., Matthews, K., Simbag, V., Belward, S., Adams, P. and Coady, C. (2011), 'Building quantitative skills of undergraduate science students: exploring the educational resources', Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Melbourne.
  • Belward, S., Matthews, K., Thompson, K., Pelaez, N., Coady, C., Adams, P., Simbag, V. and Rylands, L. (2011), 'Applying Mathematical Thinking: The Role of Mathematicians and Scientists in Equipping the New Generation Scientist', Volcanic Delta 2011, the Eighth Southern Hemisphere Conference on Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics, Rotorua, New Zealand.
  • Rylands, L. and Coady, C. (2009), 'Year 13 or first-year university - a holistic learning design that attempts to combine elements of secondary and tertiary learning and teaching', 2009 UniServe Science Conference Motivating science undergraduates: Ideas and Interventions, The University of Sydney.
  • Coady, C. and Rylands, L. (2008), 'The use of reflective journals in a first year mathematics unit', Uniserve Science, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

My research area reflects my teaching interests. Currently I am involved in various projects that are examining the effects of maths anxiety and test phobia on the performance of students, and seeking effective strategies to reduce the impact of these.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Coady.

Previous Projects

Title: Development and implementation of MathBench for Australian universities to improve quantitative skills of science and mathematics students [via Deakin Uni]
  • Department of Education and Training (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Jo-Anne Chuck and Leanne Rylands
Years: 2013-12-19 - 2016-04-30
ID: P00022340

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