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.

  • MA1000: Mathematical Foundations (Level 1; TSV)
  • 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)
  • MA5801: Essential Mathematics for Data Scientists (Level 5; TSV)
  • MA5820: Statistical Methods for Data Scientists (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC3008: Professional Placement (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • 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 cross-disciplinary 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.
  • 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 face-to-face classes take?
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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.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 30+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Shaun Belward from 2001 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Australian Government Department of Education and Training - Australian Maths and Science Partnership Program (AMSPP)

The Queensland STEM Education Network

Indicative Funding
$329,819 over 2 years (administered by Griffith University)
Establish the Queensland STEM Education Network comprising a partnership of key stakeholders in STEM education in Queensland to co-develop a range of programs and initiatives designed to build STEM capacity across the state of Queensland.
Richard John, Mary Kelly, Peter Adams, John Bartlett, Shaun Belward and Jo Balatti (Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, University of the Sunshine Coast, College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts and Society & Education)
STEM; Mathematics; lower secondary school; Community Engagement; Student Engagement

Office for Learning and Teaching - Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program

Inspiring mathematics and science in teacher education

Indicative Funding
$297,874 over 3 years (administered by University of Queensland)
This project will develop and disseminate new interdisciplinary approaches to mathematic pre-service teacher education. The project has two overarching aims. The first aim is to foster genuine, lasting collaboration that unites mathematics, science and education scholars across the disciplinary boundaries that have previously divided them. The second aim is to institutionalise new ways of integrating the content and pedagogical expertise of education processionals and discipline professionals in mathematics to enrich three key stages in the preparation of teachers - recruitment into teaching careers, participation in the pre-service program, and continuing professional learning following graduation.
M Goss, Jo Balatti, Shaun Belward, J Anderson, C Sandison, J Osborn and Kim Beswick in collaboration with James Dalitz and Donna Rigano (The University of Queensland, College of Arts, Society & Education, College of Science & Engineering, The University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, The University of Newcastle and University of Tasmania)
Mathematics preservice teacher education; Cross-disciplinary collaboration; igher eduction mathematics learning

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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.

  • Investigation of Unconditionally Secure Multi-Party Protocols (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Dynamic and stochastic vehicle routing for autonomous weed control. (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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