Experts

Professor Patrick Griffin
Professor Ramon Lewis
Dr John Munro
Professor Peter Sullivan
Dr Sue Gunningham

 

Professor Patrick Griffin

Patrick holds the Chair of Education (Assessment) at the University of Melbourne and is Director of the university’s Assessment Research Centre. He is also the Deputy Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Patrick has published numerous books and journal articles on assessment and evaluation topics that include: competency development; language proficiency; industrial literacy; school literacy and numeracy profile development; professional standards portfolio assessment; and online assessment and calibration.

He was awarded the John Smythe medal for excellence in research for his work on profiling literacy development, and his work on profile reporting was identified as world best practice in the 1996 yearbook of the American Society for Curriculum Development. He is a project team leader for UNESCO in southern Africa, and in 2005 was awarded a UNESCO Research Medal by the Ministers of Education from southern African nations.

Patrick is a World Bank consultant in Vietnam, leading national and international teams in studies of literacy and numeracy assessment, and has developed a system of teacher assessment recently signed into law by the Vietnamese Government to be applied to almost 400,000 teachers. This work has been replicated in Australia, focusing on educational leadership and classroom pedagogical competence.

Professor Griffin is one of only five Australians admitted as a Fellow to the International Academy of Education.


 

Professor Ramon Lewis

Professor Ramon Lewis is a senior staff member of the La Trobe University Faculty of Education. He has specialised in the area of classroom management for over 15 years and has published five related books and many articles describing the outcomes of his research. In addition to his academic position, Ray teaches part time and consults with schools to explore the gap between theory and practice.

Ray has gained an international reputation in two primary areas of research: classroom management, and adolescent and adult coping.

Since 1980, he has been investigating a comprehensive series of research questions in the area of classroom management, student behaviour, teacher and student coping, and disciplinary practices and strategies. Ray has collected data from hundreds of teachers and thousands of students, addressing teacher management strategies and the effects they have on student wellbeing, responsibility levels, ability to focus on set tasks, and propensity for misbehaviour. The results of this research have enabled him to develop an in-depth and effective classroom management program for secondary teachers, covering a wide range of critical issues for teachers.




Dr John Munro

Dr John Munro is Associate Professor Exceptional Learning at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate Schools of Education. He is a trained primary and secondary school teacher and a qualified psychologist. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of learning and knowledge enhancement; literacy learning and learning difficulties; numeracy and mathematics learning and learning disabilities; gifted learning; learning internationally; professional learning; and school leadership.

John’s research and teaching is informed by extensive work with schools and educational providers in Australia, the UK, Africa and Hong Kong. His research has been applied in school-based professional development projects, and he has been the recipient of Australian Research Council grants for research into literacy learning difficulties. John has presented his research and thinking about learning and teaching in several key note presentations at national and international conferences. In addition, John has written a range of texts and articles about his work.

John designed and developed the Language Disorders Program for DEECD and the VELS English continuum. He has been chairperson of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (Aus) and president of the Australian Remedial Education Association. He is an honorary Fellow of Australian College for Educational Leaders.



Professor Peter Sullivan

Professor Peter Sullivan began his educational career as a teacher, where he spent 16 years teaching in schools and universities, with six of those being in Papua New Guinea.

Peter has extensive experience in research and teaching in teacher education, and was a member of the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences panel of the Australian Research Council College of Experts from 2005 to 2007.

Previously, Peter worked at Australian Catholic University and La Trobe University. He is currently Professor of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education at Monash University.

Peter is also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education.

Peter is currently part of a team of researchers examining ways that particular lesson structures contribute to effective learning for all students. Previous research projects include:
  • Scaffolding numeracy in the middle years: An investigation of a new assessment-guided approach to teaching mathematics using authentic assessment tasks
  • Overcoming structural barriers in mathematics learning (with Judith Mousley and Robyn Zevenbergen)
  • Using interactive media in enhancing teachers' awareness of key characteristics of effecting teaching (with Judith Mousley).


Dr Suzanne Gunningham

Dr Sue Gunningham taught in both primary and secondary schools before becoming the state-wide middle years numeracy project officer (Years 5–9) for DEECD. She has presented teacher professional development for many years, is the editor of the MAV teacher journal Prime Number, and has published numerous articles and books in relation to mathematics.

Sue currently lectures part-time in ‘teaching for numeracy’ at RMIT and works nationally as a private education consultant. Her Doctoral thesis was titled ‘Beliefs and Understandings of Middle Years Mathematics Teachers’.