# Research

## Publications of Mathematics Learning Centre staff (in bold)

## 2015

### C1 – Journal articles

**Gordon, S. & Nicholas, J.**(2015). What do bridging students understand by 'assumed knowledge' in mathematics?*International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education*, 23(1), 10-20.**Nicholas, J.**, Poladian, L., Mack, J. & Wilson, R. (2015). Mathematics preparation for university: entry, pathways and impact on performance in first year science and mathematics subjects.*International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education*, 23(1), 37-51.

## C3 – Journal article

- Nicholas, J. & Rylands, L. (2015). HSC mathematics choices and consequences for students coming to university without adequate mathematics preparation,
*Reflections*, 40(1), 2-7.

## E2 - Conference paper (Abstract refereed)

**Nicholas J.**, Rylands, L., Coady, C., Armstrong, L. Dhindsa, H., McGlynn S., Nicholls, J., Pettigrew J. & Shearman D. (2015). A tale of two very different mathematics support centres at two very different universities. In Hersh M. and Kotecha M. (eds.),*IMA International Conference on Barriers and Enablers to Learning Maths: Enhancing Learning and Teaching for All Learners*, 10-12 June, Glasgow, Scotland.

## 2014

### B1 – Book chapter

**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.

### C1 – Journal articles

- Barton, D., Cantrill, L, Law, A.,
**Phillips, C.**, Sutton, B. & Overall, R. (2014). Chilling to zero degrees disrupts pollen formation but not meiotic microtubule arrays in*Triticum aestivum*L.,*Plant, Cell and Environment*, 37(12), 2781-2794. DOI: 10.1111/pce.12358 - Ivers, D. &
**Phillips, C.**(2014). Homogeneous planar and two-dimensional mean-field antidynamo theorems with zero mean flow.*Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics*, 108(6), 716-733. **Phillips, C. G.**and Ivers, D. J. (2014). From isotropic to rapidly rotating anisotropic alpha-squared dynamos,*Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics*, 108(1), 60-82. DOI: 10.1080/03091929.2013.823006

## 2013

### C1 – Journal articles

**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**Phillips, C. G.**(2013). Vector and scalar spherical harmonic spectral equations for rapidly rotating anisotropic alpha-effect dynamos,*Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics*, 107(6), 640-666. DOI: 10.1080/03091929.2013.765952

### E1 – Refereed conference paper

- Poladian, L. &
**Nicholas, J.**(2013). Mathematics bridging courses and success in first year calculus.*Proceedings of the 9th Delta Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics*, (pp. 150-159), 24-29 November, Kiama, Australia.

## 2012

### B1 – Book chapters

**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.

### C1 – Journal article

- Ivers, D. J. and
**Phillips, C. G.**(2012). Anisotropic turbulent thermal diffusion and thermal convection in a rapidly rotating sphere,*Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors*, 190-191, 1-9.

### E1 – Refereed conference paper

**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.

## 2011

### B1 – Book chapter

**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.

## E1 – Refereed conference paper

**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.

## 2010

## C1 – Journal articles

**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**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- 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

## E1 – Refereed conference paper

**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.

## E3 – Other

**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.