BSc (Hons), DipEd, PhD UNSW
More details about Bob Perry's research on the Educational Transitions: Continuity and Change website.
Bob Perry was a secondary mathematics teacher who moved to Mitchell College of Advanced Education in 1973 as a lecturer in mathematics and mathematics education. He has worked in tertiary education institutions in Australia and overseas for a total of 43 years. Bob is highly regarded as a researcher and teacher and has produced more than 200 academic articles, books, and book chapters. He has also presented conference papers on many occasions including a number of keynote presentations. He has particular expertise in the mathematics education of young children and educational transitions. Bob is an active member of the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education at Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia. Bob's current research interests include powerful mathematics ideas in preschool and the first years of school; ethical tensions in researching with children; curriculum continuity as children start school; and starting school within families with complex support needs. Bob's latest edited publication is entitled "Transitions to School: International Research, Policy and Practice" released by Springer in 2013. Another edited book entitled "Mathematics and Transition to School: International Perspectives" was released in 2015.
Funded research projects have included:
|2013-2015||Continuity and change in curriculum and pedagogies as children start school||S. Dockett & B. Perry||Australian Research Council|
|2013-2014||Continuity of learning through effective transition to school||S. Dockett & B. Perry||DEEWR|
|2012-2015||Let's Count Longitudinal Evaluation||B. Perry & A. Gervasoni.||Origin Foundation / The Smith Family|
|2012-2014||An ecological study of school transition and the early years of school for Aboriginal children in an urban community||L. Kemp. S. Dockett, R. Grace, R. Perry, E. Comino, L. Jackson Pulver, & M. Haswell||Australian Research Council.|
|2012-2013||Integrating Preschool with the First Years of School||S. Dockett, B. Perry, & B. Clarke||South Australian Department of Education and Child Development|
|2012||Let's Count||B. Perry & A. MacDonald||The Smith Family|
|2011||Let's Count Pilot||B. Perry.||The Smith Family|
|2010-2013||Staying On At School||M. Vickers, K. Barker, B. Perry, S. Dockett, & M. Hyam||ARC Linkage with NSW DET|
|2010-2012||Effective Family Engagement||S. Dockett & B. Perry||Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development|
|2010-2012||Early childhood home visiting: Outcomes at 4 years and the transition to school||E. Harris, C. McMahon, G. Vimpani. T. Anderson, S. Matthey, V. Schmied, S. Dockett, B. Perry||ARC Discovery|
|2010-2011||Early Years Numeracy Project||B. Perry||South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services|
|2010||Issues paper on readiness for school for Indigenous children||S. Dockett, B. Perry, & E. Kearney||Closing the Gap Clearinghouse|
Bob's full-time teaching career commenced as a secondary mathematics teacher in a NSW high school. His tertiary teaching career began at Mitchell College of Advanced Education in 1972. Between 1972 and 2006, Bob taught in all the early childhood, primary and middle schooling mathematics education subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels offered by various institutions. Bob has also taught educational psychology, generic teaching methods, practicum, research methodology and educational change and transition at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has successfully supervised 12 doctoral, three masters (research) and five bachelor (honours) candidates to completion and is currently supervising eight doctoral candidates.
Bob has been responsible for all the overall management aspects of the teacher education courses in early childhood and primary teacher education in five universities or colleges. He has been a member or leader of course evaluation and development committees in ten universities in Australia and overseas, including Indonesia. Further, Bob has offered professional development to teachers, teacher educators and the general community in mathematics education, early childhood education and teacher education in all states of Australia and many other countries.
Active membership and executive positions have been held on peak bodies including the Australian Subcommittee of the International Commission on Mathematics Instruction (1996-2001), New South Wales Teacher Education Council (1998-2001), and the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (2004-2007).
Bob has reviewed and continue to review research articles for the following journals: Alberta Journal of Educational Research, Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, Australian Journal of Early Childhood, Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Early Child Development and Care, Journal for Mathematics Teacher Education, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of Mathematical Behavior, Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, Mathematics Education Research Journal, Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, Mathematical Thinking and Learning; ZDM – The International Journal on Mathematics Education.
Bob is a member of the editorial boards of Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, and Pedagogies: An International Journal.
Bob is in demand as a speaker at both professional and community events in areas associated with his research, particularly transition to school. He writes for professional journals as well as research journals and endeavours to promote the message that successful transition to school can make a positive difference to families and communities as well as to educators.
Bob is actively linked to many prior-to-school and schools settings and local councils in the Albury-Wodonga region and beyond, both in a research and professional development role.