# DR SUE GORDON

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Mathematics Learning Centre

Honorary, Faculty of Education and Social Work

**Research interests**

Learning & teaching in higher education

Statistics and mathematics education (tertiary level)**Keywords**

higher education, pedagogy, statistics education, phenomenography, student diversity, introduction to professional disciplines**Editorial Boards**

Guest Editor: Special Edition of Statistics Education Research Journal (2010) – Qualitative Research in Statistics Education

Studying Teacher Education (Advisory Board)

International Education Studies (Editorial Board)

Associate Editor of the Mathematics Education Research Journal 2000-2003.

# Book chapters

- Gordon, S., Reid, A. & Petocz, P. (2014). Using Statistics for Research in Creative and Qualitative Disciplines. In MacGillivray, H., Martin, M., and Phillips, B. (eds)
*Topics from Australian Conferences on Teaching Statistics: OZCOTS 2008-2012*, (pp. 365-384), Springer Science+Business Media, New York. - Gordon, S., Reid, A. & Petocz, P. (2012). Students’ and lecturers’ views of engagement in higher education. In I. Solomonides, A. Reid & P. Petocz (Eds.),
*Engaging with Learning in Higher Education*, (pp. 71-93), Faringdon, UK: Libri. - Petocz, P., Gordon, S. & Reid, A. (2012). Towards a method for research interviews using e-mail. In C. S. Silva (Ed.)
*Online Research Methods in Urban and Planning Studies*, (pp. 70-85). Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global. - Gordon, S. (2011). Opportunities for learning — A self-study of teaching statistics in a Mathematics Learning Centre. In S. Schuck and P. Pereira (Eds.),
*What counts in teaching mathematics: Adding value to self and content*, (pp.119-134), New York, Springer.

# Selected Published Journal and Conference Papers (2004-present) Most recent first

- Gordon, S. & Nicholas, J. (in press). What do bridging students understand by 'assumed knowledge' in mathematics?
*International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education* - Gordon, S. & Nicholas, J. (2013). Prior decisions and experiences about mathematics of students in bridging courses.
*International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology*, 44(7), 1081-1091. Online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2013.823249 - Gordon, S. & Nicholas, J. (2013). Students' conception of mathematics bridging courses.
*Journal of Further and Higher Education*, 37(1), 109-125. Online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2011.644779 - Gordon, S. & Nicholas, J. (2012). Measuring the impact of early mathematics support for students enrolled in an introductory calculus unit of study. In M. Sharma & A. Young (Eds.)
*Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science & Mathematics Education (18th Annual UniServe Science Conference - Teaching and Learning Standards: What does a standard mean to you)*(pp 99-104), University of Sydney, 26 Sept to 28 Sept 2012. - Gordon, S. & Nicholas, J. (2011). Challenges and responses: lessons from students in mathematics bridging courses.
*Proceedings of the 8th Delta Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics*(pp 111-119), 27 November – 2 December, Rotorua, New Zealand. - Gordon, S., Reid, A. & Petocz, P. (2010). Educators’ conceptions of student diversity in learning and teaching.
*Studies in Higher Education*, 35(8), 961–974. DOI:10.1080/03075070903414305 - Reid, A., Petocz, P. & Gordon, S. (2010). University teachers’ intentions for introductory professional classes.
*Journal of Workplace Learning*, 22(1,2), 67–78. DOI:10.1108/13665621011012861 - Gordon, S. & Nicholas, J. (2010). Teaching with examples and statistical literacy: views from teachers in statistics service courses.
*International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education*, 18(1), 14-25. Online at http://escholarship.library.usyd.edu.au/journals/index.php/CAL/article/viewFile/3527/5424 - Gordon, S. & Nicholas, J. (2010). Teachers’ reflections on the challenges of teaching mathematics bridging courses. In M. D. Sharma (Ed.)
*Proceedings of the 16th UniServe Science Annual Conference - Creating ACTIVE Minds in our Science and Mathematics Students*(pp. 58–64). The University of Sydney, 29 September-1 October. - Gordon, S., Reid, A. & Petocz, P. (2010). Editorial: Qualitative approaches in statistics education research. Statistics Education Research Journal, 9(2), 2-6, http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/serj.
- Gordon, S. & Nicholas, J. (2009). Using examples to promote statistical literacy. In A. Hugman Uniserve Science - Motivating Science Undergraduates: Ideas and interventions (pp. 58–64). The University of Sydney, 1-2 October.
- Gordon, S., Petocz, P. & Reid, A. (2009). What makes a ‘good’ statistics student and a ‘good’ statistics teacher in service courses? The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast, 6(1, 2), 25-39.
- Buchanan, J., Gordon, S. & Schuck, S. (2008). From mentoring to monitoring: The impact of changing work environments on academics in Australian universities. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 32 (3), 241-250.
- Schuck, S., Gordon, S. & Buchanan, J. (2008). What are we missing here? Problematising wisdoms on teaching quality and professionalism in higher education. Teaching in Higher Education, 13(5), 537-547.
- Reid, A., Petocz, P. & Gordon, S. (2008) Research interviews in cyberspace. Qualitative Research Journal, 8(1), 47-61.
- Gordon, S., Reid, A. & Petocz, P. (2007). Teachers’ conceptions of teaching service statistics courses. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, 1(1). Online at: http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ijsotl/v1n1/gordon_et_al/index.htm
- Schuck, S., Buchanan, J. & Gordon, S. (2007). Teaching to improve students’ learning: Questions we should be asking ourselves? In C. Rust (Ed.), Improving Student Learning Through Teaching. Proceedings of the 14th Improving Student Learning Symposium, 282-292, Oxford: The Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development.
- Petocz, P., Gordon, S. & Reid, A. (2006). Recognising and developing good statistics teachers. In Rossman, A. and Chance, B. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Teaching Statistics, ICOTS7, Salvador, Brazil: ISI, Voorburg, The Netherlands (On CD). Online at: http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/publications/17/5B2_PETO.pdf
- Gordon, S. & Fittler, K. (2004). Learning by teaching: a cultural historical perspective on a teacher's development. Outlines, 6(2), 35-46 (Invited journal submission).
- Gordon, S. (2004). Understanding students' experiences of statistics in a service course. Statistics Education Research Journal, 3(1), 40-59, Online at: http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/serj

# Selected Previous Publications and Scholarly Work

(Most recent listed first in each category/alphabetic section)

## PhD and MSc Theses

- Gordon, S. (1998).
*Understanding students learning statistics — an activity theory approach.*Unpublished doctoral thesis, The University of Sydney, Sydney. Available online: Australian Digital Theses: http://adt.caul.edu.au/. - Gordon, S. (1978).
*Some properties and examples of automorphisms on the bisequence space.*Unpublished Master of Science thesis, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

## Papers in Refereed Journals

- Cooper, I., Frommer, M., Gordon, S. & Nicholas, J. (2002). University teachers’ conceptions of memorising in learning science.
*Higher Education Research & Development*, 21 (3), 305-321. - Crawford, K., Gordon, S., Nicholas, J., & Prosser, M. (1998). University mathematics students’ conceptions of mathematics.
*Studies in Higher Education*, 23(1), 87-94. - Crawford, K., Gordon, S., Nicholas, J., & Prosser, M. (1998). Qualitatively different experiences of learning mathematics at university.
*Learning and Instruction*, 8(5), 455-468. - Crawford, K., Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. & Prosser, M. (1994). Conceptions of mathematics and how it is learned: The perspectives of students entering university,
*Learning and Instruction*, 4, 331-345. - Gordon, S. (2002). Editorial: Reviewing research manuscripts — something like jury duty?
*Mathematics Education Research Journal*, 14(1), 1-3. - Gordon, S. (1995a). What counts for students studying statistics?
*Higher Education Research & Development*, 14(2), 167-184. - Gordon, S. (1995b). A theoretical approach to understanding learners of statistics.
*Journal of Statistics Education (Online)*, 3(3),

http://www.amstat.org/publications/jse/v3n3/gordon.html. - Gordon, S. (1993). Mature students learning statistics: The activity theory perspective,
*Mathematics Education Research Journal*, 5(1), 34-49.

## Published Refereed Conference Papers

- Cooper, I., Frommer, M., Gordon S. & Nicholas, J. (2001). University teachers’ perceptions of the role of memorising in learning science. In Schuck, S. & Segal, G. (Eds.)
*Proceedings of the Change in Education Research Group (CERG) Conference: Is Education Y2K Compliant?*Sydney: University of Technology, Sydney. - Crawford, K., Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. & Prosser, M. (1995). Patterns of meaning of students’ mathematical experiences at university. In B. Atweh & S. Flavel (Eds.),
*Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia*, (pp. 203-209). Darwin: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. - Crawford, K., Gordon, S., Nicholas, J. & Prosser, M. (1994). Students’ reports of their learning about functions. In J. da Pont & J. Matos (Eds.),
*Proceedings of the Eighteenth Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education*, (Vol. 2, pp. 233-239). Lisbon: University of Lisbon. - Crawford, K., Gordon, S., Nicholas, J., & Prosser, M. (1993). Learning mathematics at university level: Initial conceptions of mathematics. In B. Atweh, C. Kanes, M. Carss, & G. Booker (Eds.),
*Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Conference of the Mathematical Education Research Group of Australasia*, (pp. 209-214). Brisbane: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.

*Gordon, S. (2003). Supporting learners of statistics: the difference between personal sense and cultural learning. In C. Rust (Ed.), Improving Student Learning Theory and Practice — 10 Years On.*Proceedings of the 10th Improving Student Learning Symposium*(pp. 257-268). Oxford: The Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development. - *Gordon, S. (2000a). An instrument for exploring students’ approaches to learning statistics. Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) National Library of Education, US Department of Education. ERIC/AE ED 440142.
*Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)*, Montreal, 1999. - Gordon, S. (2000b). Applying theory to teaching statistics. In S. Schuck & G. Segal (Eds.),
*Proceedings of the Research Symposium: Change and Choice in the New Century, 65-72. Change in Education Research Group (CERG)*, Sydney: University of Technology, Sydney. - Gordon, S. (1997). Students’ orientations to learning statistics — profiles of experience. In F. Biddulph & K. Carr (Eds.), People in Mathematics Education.
*Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated*, (Vol. 1, pp. 192-199). Hamilton, New Zealand: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated. - Gordon, S., Nicholas, J., & Crawford, K. (1996). Psychology students’ conceptions of a statistics course. In L. Puig & A. Gutiérrez (Eds.),
*Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education*, (Vol. 3, pp. 11-18). Valencia: Universitat de Valencia. - Gordon, S. (1994). What sort of activity is learning statistics? In G. Ryan, P. Little, & I. Dunn (Eds.),
*Research and Development in Higher Education*, (Vol. 16, pp. 241-246). Campbelltown, New South Wales: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc. - Wood, L. Petocz, P. & Gordon, S. (1991) Preparatory and Bridging courses in Statistics,
*Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Teaching Statistics*, (Vol. 2 pp 73 – 78). Dunedin, New Zealand.

*Proposal only refereed

## Other Conference Presentations

- Buchanan J., Gordon, S. & Schuck S. (2007). From mentoring to monitoring: Implications for growth and learning of higher educators and their institutions.
*Paper presented at the 2007 Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL)*, Sydney, Australia (July 2-5, 2007). - Gordon, S (2007). Teaching service statistics — variation in conceptions.
*Paper presented at the First Australian Workshop on Applications of Phenomenography in Engineering, Computing and Science Education*, Sydney, Australia, February 2007. - Gordon, S. & Nicholas, J. (2002). Phenomenography and Activity Theory: Do they fit?
*Paper presented at the tenth annual symposium: Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics, Science, Health and Environmental Education*(Deakin University, Victoria, December 2002). - Gordon, S. (1997). Teaching statistics to reluctant learners. In B. Phillips (Ed.),
*Papers on Statistical Education presented at the Eighth International Conference on Mathematics Education (ICME-8)*, (pp. 107-116). Melbourne, Australia: Swinburne Press. - Gordon, S. (1995). University students learning statistics: Activity theory in action. In S. Groves & R. Tytler (Eds.),
*Contemporary Approaches to Research in Mathematics and Science Education*, (pp. 164-168). Geelong, Victoria: Centre for Studies in Mathematics, Science and Environmental Education.