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Barry Kissane
BSc (UWA), DipEd (UWA), BEd(UWA), MEd (UWA), MACE
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education
About me
I am a mathematics educator with interests in secondary and primary undergraduate mathematics teacher education and graduate study of mathematics education, as well as information and communications technologies (ICT) education. I have been at Murdoch since 1985; prior to coming to Murdoch, I worked in the Department of Education at the University of Western Australia from 1975, focussing on mathematics teacher education, inservice education, statistics and educational measurement and gifted education. I worked as a mathematics teacher in country and urban WA secondary schools.
I served as Dean of Education at Murdoch University from mid-2005 to early 2009.
I have teaching and research interests in all aspects of mathematics education, although in recent years, I have been especially interested in curriculum development in mathematics, including the place of technology, especially calculators. Apart from a few months working in Indonesia and two years studying in Chicago and working on the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, I have spent spent my working life in Western Australia. He has written, or co-written, a number of books for secondary school mathematics students, including several concerned with the use of graphics calculators, a series concerned with lower secondary school algebra and a Year 11 textbook for algebra and statistics, as well as papers in educational journals for mathematics students and their teachers related to the effective educational use of various graphics calculators and other educational technologies.
I am actively interested in mathematics education in other countries as well as Australia, and have provided professional development of various kinds for mathematics teachers in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, the Philippines and Brazil over recent years.
I have had extensive engagement with various professional societies related to research and practice in mathematics education over the past thirty years.
Teaching
At present, my teaching is confined to primary and secondary mathematics teacher education. My present teaching and coordination responsibilities include:
EDN110: Mathematics for Teaching
EDN114/214: Thinking Mathematically
EDN314/414: Mathematics and the Curriculum (Secondary)
Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Teaching
Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Mathematics Education)
Research areas
Mathematics curriculum; technology in mathematics education (particularly hand-held technologies such as calculators, graphics calculators and iPods); Internet use in mathematics; numeracy; mathematics teacher education and professional development; large-scale assessment in mathematics; mathematics education in developing countries
Current projects
Building the Culture of Evidence-based Practice in Teacher Preparation for Mathematics Teaching (CEMENT).
This project, funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, is directed by Rosemary Callingham and Kim Beswick of the University of Tasmania, and involves a consortium of universities across Australia, including Murdoch University. The project is concerned with evidence-based improvement in mathematics teacher education, and has been engaged in constructing and using instruments to measure the beliefs of students teachers, their Mathematical Content Knowledge and their Pedagogical Content Knowledge with a view to understanding and improving these through appropriate course developments.
Awards and grants
Honorary Life Member, Mathematical Association of Western Australia, since 1994.
Honorary Life Member of The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, since 2010.
Events and speaking engagements
Recent speaking invitations:
Association of Mathematics Educators, 2012 Mathematics Teachers’ Conference, Singapore
Invited Lecture: Reflections of a reflective teacher
5th International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education in Developing Countries, 2012, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Invited plenary address (with Marian Kemp): The place of calculators in mathematics education in developing countries
Association of Mathematics Educators, 2011 Mathematics Teachers’ Conference, Singapore
Keynote Lecture: Numeracy: Making connections
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Annual Conference, Fremantle, 2010.
Invited keynote address: Technology, research and practice in mathematics education
Australian Government Summer Schools for Teachers, UNE, Armidale NSW, 2008
Invited presentations: Learning mathematics from the Internet
Mathematical Association of Western Australia. Secondary Convention, 2007
Invited keynote speaker: Mathematical Moments: Looking back and looking forward
12th Asian Technology Conference on Mathematics, Taipei, Taiwan, 2007
Invited plenary address: Exploring the place of hand-held technology in secondary mathematics education
Curriculum Council of Western Australia, June 2007
Invited plenary presentation: Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) in school mathematics
Mathematical Association of Tasmania. Annual Conference, Devonport, 2006
Invited plenary address: Inquiring into technology for learning and teaching mathematics
Mathematical Association of Western Australia. Primary Convention, Fremantle, 2005
Invited plenary address: The potential of tapping into mathematics
Asian Technology Conference on Mathematics, South Korea, 2005
Invited Moderator: Plenary Panel on Teaching Mathematics with Technology
Mathematical Association of South Australia. Annual Conference, Adelaide, May, 2004
Invited plenary address: Mathematics Education: A Lifetime Juggling Act
Mathematical Association of Western Australia. Annual Primary Conference, Fremantle, 2002
Invited plenary address: Mathematics in your world
7th Asian Technology Conference on Mathematics, Melaka, Malaysia, December 2002
Invited Plenary address: Taking technology seriously
Mathematical Association of New South Wales Annual Conference, Sydney,2001
Invited plenary address: Using technology in the best possible ways
New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers Biennial Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 2001
Invited plenary address: Technology for learning mathematics
6th Asian Technology Conference on Mathematics, Melbourne, December 2001
Invited plenary address: Using technology for learning mathematics
Professional and community service
Member of the Editorial Panel of a number of journals for mathematics educators, including The Australian Mathematics Teacher, The Australian Senior Mathematics Journal and The Electronic Journal of Mathematics & Technology.
Member of the Board of the Western Australian College of Teaching, representing WA universities (2006-2012).
Elected Member of Murdoch’s Academic Council since 2011.
Appointed Member of the Advisory Panel to the National Curriculum Board’s curriculum development of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics (2009-2010)
Invited Co-Chair of Topic Study Group on ICT at East Asian Regional Conference on Mathematics Education, Tokyo, Japan, August 2010. (With Louise De Las Penas of the Philippines and Matthias Ludwig of Germany).
Elected President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (2004-2005) and was a member of the Executive of this association from 2003-2006.
Member of the International Program Committee for the Asian Technology Conference on Mathematics since 2000.
Appointed Co-organiser (with Rolf Biehler, Germany) of the Working Group for Action Number 11: Computers, Calculators and IT Media at the Ninth International Congress on Mathematics Education, in Makuhari, Japan in 2000.
Previous professional contributions include TEE Discrete Mathematics Examiner, President of the Mathematical Association of WA (twice), Councillor for some years of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and Vice-President of The Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.
I regularly review papers for a range of journals including The Australian Mathematics Teacher, The Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, Mathematics Education Research Journal, Electronic Journal of Spreadsheets in Education, ZDM – The International Journal on Mathematics Education, Educational Studies in Mathematics, Research in Collegiate Mathematics Education, Australian Educational Researcher, as well as papers for various conferences in mathematics education.
Writer of a regular column (called What’s Working on the Web?) for Cross Section, the journal of the Mathematical Association of Western Australia, aimed at primary and secondary teachers of mathematics.
Publications
Books
- Kissane, B., Harradine, A., (2000),Mathematical Interactions: Financial Mathematics.,,Shriro Australia Pty Limited.
- Kissane, B., Harradine, A., (2000),Mathematical Interactions: Measurement.,,Shriro Australia Pty Ltd.
- Kissane, B., (2000),Programming Your Calculator. Extend the capabilities of the Casio fx-7400G PLUS.,,Shriro Australia Pty Limited.
- Kissane, B., Harradine, A., (2000),Mathematical Interactions: Algebraic Modelling.,,Shriro Australia Pty Limited.
- Kissane, B., Harradine, A., (2000),Mathematical Interactions: Getting Started,,Shriro Australia Pty Limited.
- Kissane, B., Harradine, A., Boys, A., (1999),1999 Mathematical Interactions: Data Analysis and Probability.,,SHRIRO.
- Willis, S., Kissane, B., (1997),Achieving outcome-based education: Premises, principles and implications for curriculum and assessment,,Australian Curriculum Studies Association.
- Kissane, B., (1997),Using Student Outcome Statements in Mathematics: The NPDP experience,,Mathematical Association of Western Australia.
- Kissane, B., Bradley, J., Kemp, M., (1997),Exploring Mathematics Using a TI-80 Graphics Calculator,,The Mathematical Association of Western Australia (Inc).
Chapters
- Kissane, B., (2017),Empowering Junior College Students through the Educational Use of Graphics Calculators,In: Empowering mathematics learners yearbook 2017, World Scientific Publishing, pages 51 to 74.
- Kissane, B., (2016),Mathematics in 21st Century Life,In: Developing 21st Century Competencies in the Mathematics Classroom, World Scientific Publishing, pages 51 to 76.
- Kissane, B., (2014),Learning Number in the Primary School through ICT,In: Learning Experiences to Promote Mathematics Learning AME Yearbook 2014, World Scientific Publishing, pages 245 to 268.
- Kissane, B., Jacob, L., Ho, K., (2013),Adapting an online learning system for school mathematics to mathematics teacher education,In: Teaching Innovations Supporting Student Outcomes in the 21st Century, Oxford University Press, pages 82 to 96.
- Kissane, B., (2013),Learning from student reflections,In: Nurturing reflective learners in mathematics: Yearbook 2013, Association of Mathematics Educators, World Scientific Publishing, pages 123 to 149.
- Kissane, B., (2012),Numeracy: Connecting mathematics,In: Reasoning, Communication and Connections in Mathematics: Yearbook 2012, Association of Mathematics Educators, World Scientific Publishing, pages 261 to 287.
- Kissane, B., (2010),Using ICT in Applications of Primary School Mathematics,In: Mathematical Applications and Modelling: Yearbook 2010, Association of Mathematics Educators, World Scientific Publishing, pages 40 to 62.
- Kissane, B., (2010),Using ICT in Applications of Secondary School Mathematics,In: Mathematical Applications and Modelling: Yearbook 2010, Association of Mathematics Educators, World Scientific Publishing, pages 178 to 198.
- Kissane, B., (2007),Hand-held Technology in Secondary Mathematics Education,In: Symbolic Computation and Education, World Scientific Publishing, pages 31 to 59.
- Kissane, B., (2003),Interrogating the Histogram,In: Making Mathematicians, The Mathematics Association of Victoria, pages 456 to 468.
- Kissane, B., Kemp, M., Bradley, J., (2000),Evaluacion y calculadoras gaficas,In: Papel de las Calculadoras en el Salon de Clase, D.R. una empresa docente, pages 103 to 130.
Journals
- Kissane, B., (2017), Learning with calculators: Doing more with less, AMT: The Australian Mathematics Teacher, 73, 1, pages 3 - 11.
- Kissane, B., (2016), Integrating technologies into mathematics: Comparing the cases of square roots and integrals, Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, 30, 1, pages 4 - 17.
- Kissane, B., (2016), The Scientific Calculator and School Mathematics, Southeast Asian Mathematics Education Journal, 6, 1, pages 33 - 55.
- Kissane, B., (2015), Calculators: learning, not leaning, AMT: The Australian Mathematics Teacher, 71, 2, pages 35 - 36.
- Kissane, B., Kemp, M., (2012), The Place of Calculators in Mathematics Education in Developing Countries, Journal of Science and Mathematics Education In Southeast Asia, 35, 2, pages 102 - 118.
- Schibeci, R., MacCallum, J., Cumming-Potvin, W., Durrant, C., Miller, E., Kissane, B., (2008), Teachers' journeys towards critical use of ICT, Learning, Media and Technology, 33, 4, pages 313 - 327.
- Kissane, B., Kemp, M., (2008), Some calculus affordances of a graphics calculator, Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, 22, 2, pages 15 - 27.
- Kissane, B., (2004), The calculator as ICT, EQ Australia (Education Quarterly), 4, , pages 19 - 20.
- Kissane, B., (2001), Algebra and personal technology, Australian Mathematics Teacher, 57, , pages 38 - 44.
- Kissane, B., (2000), Curriculum Issues for Graphics Calculators., Australian Mathematics Teacher, 56, , pages 10 - 13.
- Kissane, B., Kemp, M., (1999), Graphics Calculators and Lower Secondary Mathematics., Australian Mathematics Teacher, 55, 1, pages 4 - 10.
- Kissane, B., (1999), Colour and the Graphics Calculator., Australian Mathematics Teacher, 55, 4, pages 22 - 23.
- Kissane, B., (1997), Growing up with a calculator, Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2-Apr, , pages 10 - 14.
- Kissane, B., (1997), Graphics calculators and science, SCIOS, 32, 1, pages 16 - 19.
- Kissane, B., (1997), Exploring the myths, Electronic Classroom, 1, 1, pages x - x.
- Kissane, B., (1997), Personal technology in lower secondary school, Cross Section, 9, 2, pages 4 - 9.
- Willis, S., Kissane, B., (1997), Systematic approaches to articulating and monitoring student outcomes: Are they consistent with outcome-based education?, Studies in Educational Evaluation, 23, , pages 5 - 30.
- Kissane, B., (1997), The Sharp EL-9600: Learning with technology, Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, 11, , pages 51 - 63.
Conference
- Kissane, B., Ng, W., (2015),Graphics calculators and the school mathematics curriculum: Perspectives and issues from three countries,In: 20th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics.
- Kissane, B., (2015),LEARNING WITH CALCULATORS: DOING MORE WITH LESS,In: The 25th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers.
- Kissane, B., Kemp, M., (2014),A model for the educational role of calculators,In: 19th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics.
- Kissane, B., Kemp, M., (2013),Conceptual development and the modern scientific calculator: Using a forgotten technology,In: Eighteenth Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics.
- Kemp, M., Kissane, B., Fletcher, D., (2013),Discontinuities in the transition from school to university: Technology and assessment,In: 6th East Asian Regional Conference on Mathematics Education (EARCOME 6).
- Kissane, B., Kemp, M., (2012),Calculators and the mathematics curriculum,In: 17th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics.
- Callingham, R., Beswick, K., Chick, H., Clark, J., Goos, M., Kissane, B., Serow, P., Thornton, S., Tobias, S., (2011),Beginning teachers' mathematical knowledge: What is needed?,In: Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference 2011.
- Kissane, B., Kemp, M., (2010),Teaching and Learning Probability in an Age of Technology,In: 15th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM) (2010).
- Kemp, M., Kissane, B., (2010),A FIVE STEP FRAMEWORK FOR INTERPRETING TABLES AND GRAPHS IN THEIR CONTEXTS,In: Eighth International Conference on Teaching Statistics.
- Kissane, B., (2009),What does the Internet offer for mathematics students?,In: 22nd Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers.
- Kissane, B., (2009),Teaching, learning and technology in the Philippines,In: 7th Biennial conference of Philippine Council of Mathematics Teacher Educators.
- Kissane, B., Kemp, M., (2009),Teaching and Learning Trigonometry with Technology,In: 14th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM) (2009).
- Kissane, B., (2009),Popular mathematics,In: 22nd Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers.
- Kissane, B., (2009),Models for harnessing the Internet in mathematics education,In: 10th International Conference of the Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project (2009).
- Kissane, B., (2008),Learning mathematics on the Internet,In: 13th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM) (2008).
- Kissane, B., (2007),Teaching and learning elementary calculus concepts with a graphics calculator,In: 4th East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education (EARCOME) (2007).
- Kissane, B., (2007),Spreadsheets, graphics calculators and mathematics education,In: 21st Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) Biennial Conference (2007).
- Kissane, B., (2007),Exploring the place of hand-held technology in secondary mathematics education,In: 12th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM) (2007).
- Kissane, B., (2006),Technology in secondary mathematics education: The role of calculators,In: Second Thailand World Teachers Day Congress.
- Kissane, B., (2006),Using the ClassPad 300 for teaching and learning early undergraduate mathematics,In: 3rd International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics (ICTM) at the Ungergraduate Level (2006).
- Kissane, B., (2005),Exploring space and measurement with the ClassPad 300,In: 20th Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) Biennial Conference (2005).
- Kissane, B., (2004),Interactive mathematics on the ClassPad 300,In: Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) Annual Conference (2004).
- Kissane, B., (2004),The Design and Use of eActivities for Learning Mathematics,In: 9th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM) (2004).
- Kissane, B., (2003),The Calculator and the Curriculum: The Case of Sequences and Series,In: 8th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM) (2003).
- Bradley, J., Kemp, M., Kissane, B., (2003),Understanding What You Are Doing: A New Angle On CAS?,In: 4th Southern Hemisphere Symposium on Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching (DELTA) (2003).
- Kissane, B., (2003),A model for professional development for graphics calculator use,In: International Conference of the Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project (2003).
- Kissane, B., (2001),Algebra and Technology: Emerging Issues,In: Mathematics Shaping Australia.
- Kissane, B., (2000),Technology and the Curriculum: The case of the Graphics Calculator.,In: TIME 2000. An International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Education..
- Kissane, B., (2000),New Calculator Technologies and Examinations.,In: 5th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM) (2000).
- Kissane, B., (1999),GRAPHICS CALCULATORS AND ALGEBRA,In: 8TH SOUTHEAST ASIAN CONFERENCE ON MATHEMATICS EDUCATION TECHNICAL PAPERS.
- Kissane, B., (1999),The Algebraic Calculator and Mathematics Education.,In: 4th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM) (1999).
- Kissane, B., (1999),Technology for the 21st Century: The Case of the Graphic Calculator.,In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Mathematics Education Into the 21st Century: Societal Challenges, Issues and Approaches..
- Kissane, B., (1998),Inferential statistics and the graphics calculator,In: 3rd Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM) (1998).
- Kissane, B., (1997),An introduction to graphics calculators,In: .