We are excited to welcome Rhonda Faragher back to Canberra for our August 2016 Conference!
Dr. Rhonda Faragher (BSc, DipEd, BEdStud(Hons1) PhD (Flinders, 2007)) has experience and expertise in mathematics education and disability studies. She has taught mathematics across all levels – early childhood to tertiary.
At the tertiary level, she has taught mathematics education courses at The University of Queensland, Flinders University of South Australia, James Cook University and now is a senior lecturer in mathematics education at the Brisbane Campus of the Australian Catholic University.
She has been an Adjunct Professor of Simon Fraser University (Canada) teaching an on-line course on education and Down syndrome in conjunction with the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. She was the project coordinator for the Leading Aligned Numeracy Development (LAND) project based at ACU and piloting strategies for improving numeracy outcomes in Australian schools of low socio-economic status.
Her research in disability studies has emerged from her interest in helping all learners experience success with mathematics, particularly those with Down syndrome. The connection between numeracy development and quality of life for all learners is an abiding interest. Her doctoral studies at the Flinders University of South Australia led to the thesis, ‘Numeracy in the context of adulthood and Down syndrome’ under the supervision of Prof. Roy Brown and Dr. Carolyn Palmer. The research involved investigating the lived experience of adults with Down syndrome, leading to a deep understanding of appropriate methodologies to include participants with intellectual disabilities.
Rhonda is a Board member of Down Syndrome International and Chair of the Asia Pacific Down Syndrome Federation. She is a member of the International Association of Scientific Study for Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IASSIDD) and holds executive positions on the Quality of Life and Down Syndrome Special Interest Research Groups. As an invited member of the IASSIDD Academy she has led workshops and seminars for participants working in the field of intellectual disability in developing countries. She is an active member of research and professional mathematics education groups, including the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) and the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT).
Rhonda has received a number of awards, including the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award, and the 2011 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia’s Research award for the development of the Down Syndrome Early Numeracy Interview. She was the recipient of the 2010 Alderson award for services to people with Down Syndrome.
In 2009 she was awarded a Commonwealth of Australia Endeavour Executive Award to work in Singapore in the area of Down syndrome. She was a keynote speaker at the 2006 World Down Syndrome Congress in Vancouver, Canada.
Rhonda Faragher’s research interests have focussed on learners who find mathematics difficult, through disability or socio-economic disadvantage. With an interest in inclusive education, she has developed expertise in methodologies that enable the active participation of participants with intellectual disabilities. Her current research investigates inclusive primary mathematics classroom practice.
- Academic, Social and Physical Inclusion (Concurrent)