Giovanni Prodi Visiting Professorship Winter Semester 2018/2019
Professor Dr. Vince Geiger is a Professor in the Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education, Faculty of Education and Arts and an internationally recognized researcher in mathematics education. Vince joined ACU in 2005 after a successful 22 year career as a secondary school teacher of mathematics and science. Over that time he held national positions such as President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and Chair of the National Education Forum. It was in these roles that he first became aware that the "big" problems in mathematics education required thorough research in order to develop effective responses. He subsequently enrolled in a PhD at The University of Queensland, a qualification he completed in 2009.
Vince's research focuses on the teaching and learning of mathematics and its applications, with a particular emphasis on the use of digital tools as enablers of mathematical understanding. To date, his research has attracted in excess of AU$7 million in external funding, including ARC Discovery Grants. His ARC grants include a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2015-2017) for research aimed at enhancing teachers' numeracy practices and improving students' numeracy capabilities.
He is currently one of the Directors of a large national project entitled Principals as STEM Leaders funded by the Federal Department of Education and Training. Vince works on these projects as the leader of the Design and Growth: STEM Education Across the Disciplines concentration area in the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education within ACU.
Vince's work is driven by awareness that the capacity to know and use mathematics confidently is important for an individual's career prospects and their empowerment as informed citizens. This awareness has inspired over 80 research publications.
In winter term 2018/2019 Vince Geiger gives a course called "Applying mathematics to the real world: Numeracy, mathematical modelling and other perspectives" and also a seminar (both in English). (See www.mathinfo.uni-wuerzburg.de/vv1819.html)