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Assoc. Prof. Allan L. White, Ph.D


Brief CV

 

Dr Allan L. White is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education for the School of Education, University of Western Sydney. He has a long history of working throughout Australia and South East Asia in the areas of mathematics education, research, teacher professional development and the use of ICTs. He currently works with pre-service undergraduate and postgraduate primary and secondary school teachers. Before working in the tertiary sector, he taught for over twenty years in primary and secondary classrooms in three Australian states. At different times he has held the positions of school Principal, Head of Mathematics, Head of Mathematics and Science, Director of Boarding and he has worked in schools for intellectually handicapped and emotionally disturbed students.

His research interests are concentrated into four areas: teacher action theories involving the complex relationships between beliefs, attitudes, intentions, values and behaviour; teacher professional learning and its evaluation, with a focus on Lesson Study; the teaching and learning of school mathematics with a focus on both primary and secondary levels; and the last, involves the integration of ICT into the curriculum with particular focus on graphics calculators.

In 2002 Dr White evaluated the NSW implementation Lesson Study for the NSW DET. He was the invited keynote speaker for the formation of a Lesson Study group in Malaysia. He is a member of the world Lesson Study group, published both nationally and internationally, and recently co-authored a chapter on teacher education research for MERGA. In 2004 he was the principal researcher for the evaluation of the primary school AMIC program in Brunei. He is the coordinator of the Overseas Professional Experience Program which is another avenue of research.

Dr White is also interested in the pedagogical strategies needed to integrate ICT into the classroom with a particular focus on mathematics and the use of spreadsheets and graphics calculators. He presents regularly at Australian teacher conferences delivering a keynote address at the Annual Conference of the Victorian Association of Mathematics. Dr White has contributed greatly in the International Conference held by SEAMEO RECSAM, Penang, Malaysia as well as International Symposium on Mathematics Education Innovation as Keynote.  

 

abstract

 Inner Space Exploration: The Impact of Brain Research upon Mathematics Education for the 21st Century

Humans have for centuries explored and observed outer space and progress in technology has resulted in many advances to knowledge. Technology is now giving the first glimpses of the vastness of our inner space and early brain research is being used to treat autism spectrum disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other brain related conditions. However brain technology is a recent development. It was as late as 1924 that Hans Berger succeeded in recording the first human electroencephalogram (EEG). With developments in technology, there are now a variety of approaches for examining brain activity such as Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI), magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) and computed tomography (CT scans). Importantly for mathematics teachers and educators, the implications of brain research for mathematics education and for education as a whole, are beginning to emerge. This talk will discuss some of these implications with special focus upon mathematics teaching and learning, while providing directions for avoiding the many false claims made by impostors.

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