A/Prof Shaun Belward ~ Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching
College of Science & Engineering
 About

 Teaching

 MA1011: Mathematical Foundations for Advanced Secondary Students (Level 1; TSV)
 MA2210: Linear Algebra (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
 MA2900: Mathematics Content Knowledge for Lower Secondary School Teaching (Level 2; TSV)
 MA5010: Directed Study (Level 5; TSV)
 MA5020: Special Study A (Level 5; TSV)
 MA5021: Special Study B (Level 5; TSV)
 MA5022: Special Study C (Level 5; TSV)
 MA5023: Special Study D (Level 5; TSV)
 MA5050: Research Project A (Level 5; TSV)
 MA5051: Research Project B (Level 5; TSV)
 Interests

 Research

 Large scale curriculum design. Specifically in the case where one goal is to foster the development of quantitative skills in science students across the duration of a degree. Different influences have been researched. They are interwoven and include: the disconnect between the atomised view of the curriculum as often seen by teaching academics and the whole of program view which is often only held by those in teaching leadership or administration roles; the beliefs held by both students and academics regarding the nature of quantitative skills and who should teach them; the challenges in crossdisciplinary collaboration between mathematicians/statisticians and discipline scientists.
 Learning and teaching strategies for diverse cohorts of first year mathematics students. Research here includes the use of peer learning, the use of technology for content delivery and to develop conceptual undertstanding and the influences on negotiating the transition from secondary to tertiary mathematics or from VET study to tertiary mathematics.
 Learning and teaching strategies for preservice secondary mathematics teachers (PSTs). Research includes developing appropriate mathematics curriculum for PSTs, developing resources to enlighten PSTs and existing secondary teachers as to the value of mathematics beyond the classroom and designing recruitment strategies to bring more and better qualified students in to PST education.
 Teaching

 Use of technology in teaching first year mathematics
 How to optimise peer group learning
 The use of diagnostic testing to inform subject selection
 Achieving a balance  what form should facetoface classes take?
 Experience

 2019 to 2020  Associate Dean Learning and Teaching (50%) and Associate Professor in Mathematics (50%), JCU (Townsville)
 2016 to 2018  Associate Professor in Mathematics, JCU (Townsville)
 2004 to 2015  Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, JCU (Townsville)
 1996 to 2003  Lecturer in Mathematics, JCU (Townsville)
 1993 to 1995  Associate Lecturer in Mathematics, JCU (Townsville)
Since 2010 Shaun Belward has held learning and teaching leadership roles within JCU. During this time he has actively pursued a research agenda aligned with these roles and has had considerable success in attracting external funding to JCU to progress this.
A common theme running through Shaun's research is in facilitating understanding of the numeracy demands of tertiary curricula. Mathematicians are uniquely placed for this role and Shaun has demonstrated this in two broad areas: designing curricula that develop quantitative skills in science students and in designing curricula for preservice secondary mathematics teachers.
Shaun's earlier research focussed on the solution of free boundary problems arising in modelling of airflow over mountains and groundwater flow. His interest in mathematical modelling remains and he is open to collaboration in this broad area.
 Honours

 Awards

 2018  JCU Awards for Excellence: Community Service (team award, joint with Dr Leah Daniel)
 2009  Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
 2009  Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation Winner for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
 1990 to 1993  Australian Postgraduate Research Award
 Memberships

 2011 to 2020  Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers (QAMT) and the Townsville Branch of the QAMT
 1993 to 2020  Australian Mathematics Society (AustMS), the Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM) Division of AustMS and the Mathematics Education Special Interest Group of AustMS.
 Publications

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.
 Journal Articles

 King D, Varsavsky C, Belward S and Matthews K (2017) Investigating students’ perceptions of graduate learning outcomes in mathematics. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 48 (S1). pp. S67S80
 Matthews K, Belward S, Coady C, Rylands L and Simbag V (2016) Curriculum development for quantitative skills in degree programs: a crossinstitutional study situated in the life sciences. Higher Education Research & Development, 35 (3). pp. 545559
 Penesis I, Kilpatrick S, Broun D, Belward S, Barnes R, Roddick J, Thomas G, León de la Barra B, Sammut K and Battersby P (2015) Development of mathematical pathways for VET students to articulate to related higher education courses: a focus on engineering. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 23 (1). pp. 5263
 Mallett D, Nelson M, Porter A, Dekkers A, TownleyJones M, Hudson I, Belward S, Coady C and King D (2013) Australian Learning and Teaching Council projects in the Mathematical Sciences: a retrospective. ANZIAM Journal, 53. pp. C576C591
 Rylands L, Simbag V, Matthews K, Coady C and Belward S (2013) Scientists and mathematicians collaborating to build quantitative skills in undergraduate science. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 44 (6). pp. 834845
 Higgins P, Read W and Belward S (2012) Analytical series solutions for threedimensional supercritical flow over topography. Journal of Engineering Mathematics, 77 (1). pp. 3949
 Conference Papers

 Balatti J and Belward S (2012) Improving first year mathematics teaching through making connections: an action research approach. Merga Conference Proceedings. In: 35th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2–6 July 2012, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
 Balatti J and Belward S (2012) Working through the practice architectures of first year university mathematics teaching. Mathematics Education: expanding horizons. In: 35th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2–6 July 2012, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
 Belward S and Balatti J (2012) Doing it differently: the ups and downs of peer group learning. Mathematics Education: expanding horizons. In: 35th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2–6 July 2012, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
 Belward S, Matthews K, Thompson K, Pelaez N, Coady C, Adams P, Simbag V and Rylands L (2011) Applying mathematical thinking: the role of mathematicians and scientists in equipping the new generation scientist. Proceedings of the Eighth Southern Hemisphere Conference on Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics. In: Volcanic Delta 2011 the Eighth Southern Hemisphere Conference on Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics, 27 November2 December 2011, Rotorua, New Zealand
 Belward S, Matthews K, Rylands L, Coady C, Adams P and Simbag V (2011) A study of the Australian tertiary sector's portrayed view of the relevance of quantitative skills in science. Proceedings of the 23rd biennial conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and the 34th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. In: AAMTMERGA 2011 23rd biennial conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and the 34th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 37 July 2011, Alice Springs, NT, Australia
 Ruhl K, Belward S and Balatti J (2011) A Systematic Analysis of Errors in the Simplification of a Rational Expression. Proceedings of the Eighth Southern Hemisphere Conference on Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics. In: Volcanic Delta 2011 the Eighth Southern Hemisphere Conference on Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics, 27 November2 December 2011, Rotorua, New Zealand
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 30+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Shaun Belward from 2001 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.
 Current

 Investigation of Unconditionally Secure MultiParty Computation (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
 Improving scalability, privacy and security of Blockchain Technology (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
 Parallel and Scalable Neural Network Algorithms (PhD , Primary Advisor)
 Dynamic and stochastic vehicle routing for autonomous weed control. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
 Completed

 Adaptations and acute physiological effects of various resistance training programs in adolescent and elite athletes (2018, PhD , Associate Advisor)
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 14.120, Engineering & Physical Sciences 2 (Townsville campus)
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