Dr Philemon Chigeza is broadly interested in representation and systems of representation in mathematics education in physical, blended and virtual learning spaces.

Philemon’s earlier research focused on developing capacity building pedagogies that affirm students’ lived languages, experiences and knowledge in their learning. His work explores the notion of agency and students’ negotiation of language and culture in mathematics and science classrooms.

Much of his present research is focused on emerging technology-based curriculum innovation designed to enhance engagement and learning, particularly for blended and virtual spaces. Philemon is also passionate about issues of environmental sustainability and how schools, electronic media and the home can be productively used to work towards a more sustainable and just society.


  • ED1492: Teaching Mathematics and Numeracy in Primary and Early Childhood Settings (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • ED2193: Mathematics Education for Primary School (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • ED3096: Early Childhood Mathematics and Numeracy 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • ED3209: Senior Secondary Curriculum 2 (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • ED3210: Senior Secondary Curriculum 1 (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • ED3497: Advanced Mathematics Education (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • ED4497: Advanced Mathematics Education (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • ED5916: Mathematics and Numeracy for Primary Teachers (Level 5; CNS)
  • ED5958: Literacy and Numeracy for Secondary Teachers (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • ED5962: Mathematics Education for Primary Teachers (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • ED5978: Collecting, Analysing and Reporting Data: Leading for Learning (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Mathematical representation
  • Technology enabled active learning spaces
  • Enhanced online engagement and learning
  • Science literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Environmental sustainability
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  • Chigeza P (2016) Beyond binary thinking, knowing and teaching mathematics. [Presented at the 2016 Queensland Association of Maths Teachers Annual Conference]. In: QAMTAC-16: Queensland Association of Maths Teachers Annual Conference: big things STEM from maths, 25-26 June 2016, Cairns, QLD, Australia

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 28+ research outputs authored by Dr Philemon Chigeza from 2007 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Transitions from Remote Indigenous Community to Boarding School: the Lockhart River Experience (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Peer Review: a 21st Century Approach to Professional Learning in Teaching (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Education for Sustainable Development: Assess ment of Higher Secondary Curricula of Bangladesh in Identifying Possibilities for Sustainable Living (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A Comprehensive, Systematic Linking and Development of Concepts from Lower Levels, as an Alternative way of Teaching and Learning Mathematical Methods: Functions as a Case Study (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Peer Mentorships in Secondary Schools to aid the Transition of Junior High School Students (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Investigating the Pedagogical Efficacy of Current Tools used in the Teaching of Coding to different age groups (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Documentation of Traditional Practices and Languages in the Western Torres Strat Islands and their Implementation in a Local Primary Classroom (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • An inquiry into the relationship between professional development in intercultural competence and teachers' attitudes and practice with English as an Additional Language (EAL) students of refugee background. (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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