Cris Edmonds-Wathen

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Research interests

My main research interest is how different languages express mathematical ideas. I am particularly interested in mathematical expression in non-Indo-European languages, including languages that have not formally been used in schooling, such as many Australian Indigenous languages. I am also interested in policies and practices associated with the use of different languages in mathematics education, with a focus on Indigenous education. I have researched in these areas in both Australia and Papua New Guinea. I did postdoctoral research at the University of Melbourne (2016-2018) and Umeå University, Sweden (2014-2016).

I lecture in mathematics education with expertise in the early acquisition of mathematics and cultural contexts of mathematics. I coordinate the Growing Our Own program, a partnership with Catholic Education NT that delivers community-based teacher training to Indigenous assistant teachers. I have also provided professional development to elementary school teachers in various provinces of Papua New Guinea. I am a qualified and registered primary school teacher and have taught in various schools in Darwin and the Top End.

I am active in both national and international research communities, an affiliate of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, the Research Unit for Indigenous Language at the University of Melbourne and the Umeå Mathematics Education Research Centre. I am a member of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, and I was Treasurer of the International Group for the Psychology of Education from 2016-2018.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University

Award Date: 18 Dec 2013

Award Date: 27 May 2005

Bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), University of Western Sydney

Award Date: 14 Apr 1998

Bachelor, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 14 Sep 1995

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

1 Nov 201631 Oct 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher, Umeå University

1 Nov 201431 Oct 2016

Research Active Lecturer, Lecturer in Education (Mathematics)

26 Nov 201215 Nov 2016

Teacher, NT Department of Education

1 Jan 200431 Dec 2008

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Research Output

Identifying vernacular language to use in mathematics teaching

Edmonds-Wathen, C., Owens, K. & Bino, V., 2019, In : Language and Education. 33, 1, 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Use it or Lose it: Mathematics for Language Maintenance

    Edmonds-Wathen, C., 2019, Mathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice: Proceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Hine, G., Blackley, S. & Cooke, A. (eds.). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, p. 244-251 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper published in Proceedings

  • Using Mawng language spatial terms in school

    Edmonds-Wathen, C., 2018. 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper presented at Conference (not in Proceedings)

  • Who is doing the talking? An inquiry based approach to elementary mathematics in Papua New Guinea

    Edmonds-Wathen, C., Owens, K., Bino, V. & Muke, C., 2018, Mathematical discourse that breaks barriers and creates space for marginalized learners. Hunter, R., Civil, M., Herbel-Eisenmann, B., Planas, N. & Wagner, D. (eds.). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, p. 257-276 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Thesis

    Mathematics and indigenous preschoolers: connecting home-community practices with mainstream curriculum

    Author: Gierus, S. A., Jun 2014

    Supervisor: Shore, S. (Supervisor), Christie, M. (Supervisor), Edmonds-Wathen, C. (Supervisor) & Smith, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU