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Research Biography

Carol is a senior lecturer in the School of Education working with students studying at the undergraduate or graduate level towards a Bachelor of Education, and with postgraduate students working towards higher degrees.   She comes to the University with a strong background in education having held a diverse range of leadership positions within the Education Department of South Australia.   As a former system's leader, she has broad experience in curriculum matters.   Among other things, she managed the Science Curriculum Focus Schools Projects, the Science Alive: a Festival of Science for Young Australians and the Gender Equity Project for students and teachers of highest level mathematics and physics.  She is committed to the development of high quality teachers with a passion for science and mathematics learning and teaching and is an active member of the Flinders Institute for International Education with some general experience in international schooling in Indonesia.

Research Interests

Carol's PhD captures her research interests. She is broadly concerned with creativity in problem solving with a focus on cognition and its role in the solving of novel mathematics problems. She is interested both in uncovering the function of cognitive processes associated with reasoning, thinking and reflection and with non-cognitive processes related to feeling, intuition and imagination.   Her recent research findings suggest an important role for 'a feeling of cognition' in solving novel problems successfully. Carol uses both qualitative and quantitative methods in her research. She is currently planning an intervention program that will support teachers and students of mathematics and science in identifying the cognitive and non-cognitive processes important in creative problem solving and which will help scaffold the pedagogical connections between content, process, context and affect. Close links may be found between this research and the areas of learning styles, approaches to learning and neurobiology research.

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