Associate Professor Catherine Attard

Associate Professor Catherine Attard

Associate Professor,
Primary Education (soe)

Biography

Catherine is an Associate Professor in primary mathematics education, a Western Sydney University Distinguished Teaching Fellow, and a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Educational Research within the School of Education. She is a multiple award-winning educator who has transformed teaching and learning in primary mathematics at Western Sydney University for over 10 years. Her philosophy, while straightforward, is transformative: Catherine combines great dedication for teaching engaging mathematics with her own experiences as a primary classroom teacher to motivate and inspire pre-service and qualified teachers. Catherine's research is focused on student engagement with mathematics and issues surrounding the pedagogical practices that influence students' engagement. Catherine is also actively researching contemporary teaching practices through the use of digital technologies, and the use of financial literacy education as a tool to engage children with mathematics.  Catherine has won several teaching awards, including a 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Teaching Excellence Award, an Office of Learning and Teaching citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and the Western Sydney University VIce-Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2017 she was listed in The Educator's Hotlist as one the most influentual educators in Australia. She regularly presents workshops and keynotes nationally and internationally and is a past president of the Mathematical Association of New South Wales, past editor of the professional journal, Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, and current Secretary of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Catherine is also he Director of the Education Knowledge Network within the School of Education at Western Sydney University, which provides high quality professional learning and tailored consultancy for schools and  practicing early childhood, primary and secondary teachers. 

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Attard.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Mathematical Association of New South Wales (MANSW) (2002)
  • Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) (2002)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) (2012)
  • Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (2008)

Awards

  • UWS Excellence in Teaching Award 2014-12-09
  • College of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2010-06-08
  • Western Sydney University Distinguished Teaching Fellow 2015-09-15
  • Australian Awards for University Teaching, Teaching Excellence Award 2016-12-01
  • UWS Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2012-12-10
  • OLT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2013-09-17
  • Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching: Highly Commended 2011-12-05

Interests

  • Primary Mathematics Pedagogy, Technology, Engagement
  • Teacher professional learning

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Primary Education (soe)

Committees

  • Education Knowledge Network
  • Academic Senate

Contact

Email: C.Attard@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 275
Mobile:
Location: J.G.13
Penrith (Kingswood)
Website:

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Publications

Books

  • Sawyer, W., Munns, G., Zammit, K., Attard, C., Vass, E. and Hatton, C. (2018), 'Engaging Schooling: Developing Exemplary Education for Students in Poverty', : Routledge 9781138673519.
  • White, A. and Attard, C. (2012), 'Primary mathematics: The future starts today!', : Mathematics Association of New South Wales 9780646589893.

Chapters in Books

  • Attard, C., Ingram, N., Forgasz, H., Leder, G. and Grootenboer, P. (2016), 'Mathematics education and the affective domain', Research in Mathematics Education in Australasia: 2012-2015, Springer 9789811014178.
  • Attard, C. (2015), 'Introducing iPads into primary mathematics classrooms : teachers' experiences and pedagogies', Integrating Touch-Enabled and Mobile Devices into Contemporary Mathematics Education, IGI Global 9781466687141.
  • Attard, C. (2014), 'Engaging with the Working Mathematically strand through the use of iPads', Implementing the New NSW Mathematics Syllabus: Off to a Flying Start!, Mathematical Association of New South Wales 9780958662031.
  • Attard, C. (2014), 'iPads in the primary mathematics classroom : exploring the experiences of four teachers', Empowering the Future Generation Through Mathematics Education, SEAMEO RECSAM 9789679300369.
  • Lomas, G., Grootenboer, P. and Attard, C. (2012), 'The affective domain and mathematics education', Research in Mathematics Education in Australasia 2008-2011, Sense 9789460919688.
  • Attard, C. (2012), 'The influence of pedagogy on student engagement with mathematics during the middle years of schooling', Transforming School Mathematics in the 21st Century, Seamo Recsam 9789679300239.

Journal Articles

  • Orlando, J. and Attard, C. (2016), 'Digital natives come of age : the reality of today's early career teachers using mobile devices to teach mathematics', Mathematics Education Research Journal, vol 28, no 1 , pp 107 - 121.
  • Attard, C. (2016), 'Is current research assisting the implementation of contemporary ICT in the primary mathematics classroom?', Southeast Asian Mathematics Education Journal, vol 6, no 1 , pp 57 - 68.
  • Attard, C. (2014), '"I don't like it, I don't love it, but I do it and I don't mind" : introducing a framework for engagement with mathematics', Curriculum Perspectives, vol 34, no 3 , pp 1 - 14.
  • Attard, C. (2014), 'Engagement, technology, and mathematics : students' perceptions', Southeast Asian Mathematics Education Journal, vol 4, no 1 , pp 23 - 33.
  • Attard, C. (2013), '"If I had to pick any subject, it wouldn't be maths" : foundations for engagement with mathematics during the middle years', Mathematics Education Research Journal, vol 25, no 4 , pp 569 - 587.
  • Attard, C. (2012), 'Engagement with mathematics : what does it mean and what does it look like?', Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, vol 17, no 1 , pp 9 - 13.
  • Attard, C. (2012), 'Transition from primary to secondary school mathematics : students' perceptions', Southeast Asian Mathematics Education Journal, vol 2, no 2 , pp 31 - 41.
  • Attard, C. (2012), 'Applying a framework for engagement with mathematics in the primary classroom', Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, vol 17, no 4 , pp 22 - 27.
  • Attard, C. (2011), '"My favourite subject is maths. For some reason no-one really agrees with me": Student perspectives of mathematics teaching and learning in the upper primary classroom', Mathematics Education Research Journal, vol 23, no 3 , pp 363 - 377.
  • Attard, C. (2011), 'Technology in the middle years mathematics classroom: Technology driving pedagogy or pedagogy driving technology?', Reflections, vol 36, no 4 , pp 5 - 6.
  • Attard, C. (2011), 'Engagement with mathematics : the influence of teachers', Southeast Asian Mathematics Education Journal, vol 1, no 1 , pp 31 - 39.
  • Attard, C. and Flanagan, L. (2010), 'Investigating ways: Using mathematics investigations to support mathematical thinking in the primary classroom', Reflections, vol 35, no 1 , pp 5 - 8.
  • Attard, C. (2008), 'Motivation and engagement in middle school mathematics', Reflections, vol 33, no 1 , pp 23 - 27.
  • Attard, C. and Mcdaid, K. (2008), 'Tasks to motivate and engage during the middle years', Reflections, vol 34, no 1 , pp 7 - 11.

Conference Papers

  • Attard, C. and Orlando, J. (2014), 'Early career teachers, mathematics and technology : device conflict and emerging mathematical knowledge', Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Attard, C. (2013), 'Introducing iPads into primary mathematics pedagogies : an exploration of two teachers' experiences', Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, University of Melbourne.
  • Attard, C. and Curry, C. (2012), 'Exploring the use of iPads to engage young students with mathematics', Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Conference, Singapore.
  • Attard, C. (2011), 'The influence of teachers on student engagement with mathematics during the middle years', 34th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc., Alice Springs.
  • Attard, C. (2010), 'Students' Experiences of Mathematics During the Transition from Primary to Secondary School', The Mathematics Education Research Group of Australia (MERGA33), Fremantle.
  • Attard, C. (2009), 'My favourite subject is maths. For some reason no-one really agrees with me : what year 6 students say about mathematics', MERGA32 Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Attard, C. (2009), 'Student Perspectives of Mathematics Teaching and Learning in the Upper Primary Classroom', Third International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (CoSMED 2009), Penang, Malaysia.
  • Attard, C. (2007), 'Improving the motivation and attitudes of boys in upper primary school through the use of student directed learning: An action research report', Second International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education: CoSMEd 2007, Penang Malaysia.

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Research Evaluation of Matific Mathematics Learning Resources: Project Report', Research Report
  • 2016, 'Mathematics + Money = Engagement: Financial Literacy as a Tool to Increase Opportunity and Engagement with Mathematics for Students from Low Socio-Economic Areas: Final Report', Research Report
  • 2015, 'Engaging Teachers to Engage Students with Mathematics: Building Teacher Capacity through Sustained Professional Development', Research Report

Current Projects

Title: Fast Tracking the Future Education Program: Professional Developmnet and Resource Development for Sydney Metro
Funder:
  • Transport for NSW
Western Researchers: Catherine Attard
Years: 2017-10-30 - 2019-09-27
ID: P00024562
Title: The Euclid project: Improving Middle Years Student Engagement
Funder:
  • Department of Education (NSW)
Western Researchers: Catherine Attard
Years: 2016-12-14 - 2018-04-19
ID: P00024347
Title: Middle Years Mathematics Project
Funder:
  • St Francis Catholic CollegeCatholic Diocese of Wollongong
Western Researchers: Catherine Attard
Years: 2017-08-01 - 2019-03-31
ID: P00024533

Previous Projects

Title: Engaging Teachers to Engage Students with Mathematics: Building Teacher Capacity through Sustained Professional Development
Funder:
  • Bennett Road Public School
Western Researchers: Catherine Attard
Years: 2013-08-20 - 2016-12-31
ID: P00021627
Title: Matific Mathematical Learning Resources
Funder:
  • Slate Science Incorporated
Western Researchers: Catherine Attard
Years: 2016-01-06 - 2017-03-09
ID: P00024216
Title: The Impact of (i) Technologies to Support Student Engagement with Mathematics in the Primary Classroom
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Catherine Attard and Geoff Munns
Years: 2011-09-13 - 2012-09-12
ID: P00020408
Title: Financial Literacy as a tool to increase opportunity and engagement with mathematics for students from low socio-economic areas
Funder:
  • Financial Literacy Australia
Western Researchers: Catherine Attard
Years: 2014-12-15 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00022451

Supervision

Associate Professor Attard is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Running the (Digital) Revolution
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: What Key Factors Accelerate the Implementation of Transformational ICT Pedagogy by Teachers in the Primary Classroom
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Creative Space: Student Engagement and Creative Learning
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Use and Influence on Online Resources in the Home Education Environment
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: What happens when you become the change you hope to see? How can you apply the MeE Framework across a School, creating an 'insider school' that positively impacts the learning experiences, environments and learning outcomes of all students
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: A Study of the Role of an Instructional Leader in a NSW Primary School Measured by Student, Teacher and Community Outcomes
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: How are Ideas and Practices of Creativity in the Australian Curriculum Understood by 'Exemplary' Primary School Teachers in NSW Public Schools?
Field of Research:

Media

Title: Helping children to learn maths
Description: Interview broadcast on Channel 7 news/Today Tonight Nationally, February 2015
Title: Maths Apps
Description: Interview broadcast on Channel 7 news and Today Tonight, July 2014

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