Professor Shelley Dole

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Professor Shelley Dole


Teaching areas

  • School Mathematics Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Numeracy across the Curriculum
  • Research Methods in Education

Research areas

  • mathematics education
  • teacher professional learning
  • numeracy teaching and learning
  • conceptual change and learning difficulties in mathematics


Shelley Dole is an educator and mathematics education researcher. Over the 25 years she has been in education, she has taught in primary, secondary and tertiary teaching institutions throughout Australia. Her research interests include mathematics curriculum change and innovation; learning difficulties, misconceptions and conceptual change associated with learning mathematics; and particularly rational number topics of ratio and percent and the development of proportional reasoning and multiplicative structures.

Shelley has led two major Australian Research Council projects focusing on numeracy across the curriculum and the development of proportional reasoning, with teachers and schools in Queensland and South Australia. She has been involved in several major research projects in Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia including middle years literacy and numeracy; early years literacy and numeracy and distance education; mental computation, number sense and invented algorithms; teaching and learning percent in the middle school; basic facts in the early years, as well as teacher professional development projects.

In 2009, Shelley won a University of Queensland Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2010 was the recipient of an Australian Award for University Teaching. She is currently on the Register of Experts in Higher Education for the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and a research assessor for the ARC and OLT.

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