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Tom was appointed as one of the University's Centenary Professors in 2014. His previous positions included working as a primary school classroom teacher, teaching mathematics education and research method courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students and working with classroom teachers on curriculum frameworks. Previous administrative positions include being a Head of School, Head of Campus and Research Director of a multidisciplinary research institute.

Tom has an established international research profile in the discipline area of mathematics education. His concentrated and sustained (over almost 20 years) body of work has focused on the extent to which primary-aged students use spatial reasoning and visual imagery to solve mathematics problems and the role and nature of graphics in mathematics assessment. More recently, his research has expanded to include students’ use of digital tools and dynamic imagery to solve problems.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Newcastle

Master, University of Wollongong

Bachelor, University of Wollongong

External positions

President, Mathematics Education Research Group of Australia (MERGA)

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Projects 2012 2020

Research Output 2008 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)
Spatial Reasoning
Mathematics Education
Teacher Knowledge
Line Graph
Graph in graph theory

Speaking Spatially: Implications for Remote Indigenous Learners

JORGENSEN, R. & LOWRIE, T., 2018, Making Waves, Opening Spaces: Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Hunter, J., Darragh, L. & Perger, P. (eds.). Adelaide: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc., p. 439-446 8 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

language of instruction

STEM Practices: A translational framework for large-scale STEM education design

LOWRIE, T., Leonard, S. & Fitzgerald, R., 2018, In : EDeR - Educational Design Research. 2, 1, p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

educational reform
educational practice