Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Emeritus Professor Bob Perry

Emeritus Professor Bob Perry

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Books

  • Perry, B., Dockett, S., & Petriwskyj, A. (Eds.) (2014). Transitions to school: International research, policy and practice. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
  • Lillemyr, O., Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (Eds.) (2013). Varied perspectives on play and learning: Theory and research on early years education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.
  • Gervasoni, A., Perry, B., & The Smith Family. (2012). Let's Count facilitators' guide. Sydney: The Smith Family.
  • Hunting, R., Bobis, J., Doig, B., English, L., Mousley, J., Mulligan, J., Papic, M., Pearn, C., Perry, B., Robbins, J., Wright, R., & Young-Loveridge, J. (2012). Mathematical thinking of preschool children in rural and regional Australia: Research and practice. Melbourne: Australian Council for Educational Research.
  • Hunting, R., Mousley, J., & Perry, B. (2012). Young children learning mathematics: A guide for educators and families. Melbourne: Australian Council for Educational Research.
  • Perry, B., Gervasoni, A., & The Smith Family. (2012). Let's Count educators' guide. Sydney: The Smith Family.
  • Perry, B., Lowrie, T., Logan, T., MacDonald, A., & Greenlees, J. (Eds.) (2012). Research in mathematics education in Australasia: 2008-2011. Rotterdam: Sense.
  • Harcourt, D. Perry, B., & Waller, T. (Eds.) (2011). Researching young children's perspectives: Ethics and dilemmas of educational research with children. London: Routledge.

Book Chapters

  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2014). Research to policy: Transition to School Position Statement. In B. Perry, S. Dockett, & A. Petriwskyj, (Eds.), Transitions to school - International research, policy and practice (pp. 277-294). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Dockett, S., Petriwskyj, A., & Perry, B. (2014). Theorising transition: Shifts and tensions. In B. Perry, S. Dockett, & A. Petriwskyj, (Eds.), Transitions to school - International research, policy and practice (pp. 1-18). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • McIntosh, L., Kearney, E., Turunen, T. A., & Perry, B. (2014). Decolonising memories: Indigenous Australians' memories of starting school. In A. B. Liegemann, I. Mammes, & K. Racherbäumer (Eds.), Facetten von Übergängen im Bildungssytem (pp. 207-220). Munster: Waxmann.
  • Perry, B. (2014). Social justice dimensions of starting school. In B. Perry, S. Dockett, & A. Petriwskyj, (Eds.), Transitions to school - International research, policy and practice (pp. 175-186). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Perry, B., & Dockett, S. (2013). Reflecting on young children's mathematics learning. In L. English & J. Mulligan (Eds.), Reconceptualising early mathematics learning (pp. 149-161). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Dockett, S., Lillemyr, O., & Perry, B. (2013). Play and learning in early years education: International perspectives. In O. Lillemyr, S. Dockett, & B. Perry (Eds.), Varied perspectives on play and learning: Theory and research on early years education (pp. 1-8). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2013). Families and the transition to school. In K. Margetts & A. Kienig (Eds), International perspectives on transitions to school: Reconceptualising beliefs, policy and practice (pp. 111-121). London: Routledge.
  • MacDonald, A., Davies, N., Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2012). Early childhood mathematics education. In B. Perry, T. Lowrie, T. Logan, A. MacDonald, & J. Greenlees (Ed.), Research in mathematics education in Australasia: 2008-2011 (pp. 169-192). Rotterdam: Sense.
  • Perry, B., Dockett, S., & Harley, E. (2012). The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and the Australian Curriculum – Mathematics: Linking educators' practice through pedagogical inquiry questions. In B. Atweh, M. Goos, R. Jorgensen, & D. Siemon (Eds.), Engaging the Australian Curriculum Mathematics: Perspectives from the field (pp. 153-174). Adelaide, South Australia: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. Retrieved from http://www.merga.net.au/onlinebooks
  • Howard, P., & Perry, B. (2011). Aboriginal children as powerful mathematicians. In N. Harrison, Teaching and learning in Aboriginal education (2nd ed) (pp. 130-145). Sydney: Oxford.
  • Dockett, S., Einarsdóttir, J., & Perry, B. (2011). Balancing methodologies and methods in researching with young children. In D. Harcourt, B. Perry & T. Waller (Eds.), Researching young children's perspectives: Ethics  and dilemmas of educational research with children (pp. 68-81). Milton Park, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Howard, P., Cooke, S., Lowe, K., & Perry, B. (2011). Enhancing quality and equity in mathematics education for Australian Indigenous students. In B. Atweh, M. Graven, W. Secada & P. Valero (Eds.). Mapping equity and quality in mathematics education (pp. 365-378). Dordrecht: Springer SBM NL.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Kearney, E., McIntosh, L., Perry, B., Dockett, S., & Clayton, K. (2014). Building positive relationships with Indigenous children, families and communities: Learning at the cultural interface. Critical Studies in Education. doi: 10.1080/17508487.2014.914963.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2013). Trends and tensions: Australian and international research about starting school. International Journal of Early Years Education. 21(2-3), 163-177. DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2013.832943
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2013). Siblings and buddies: Providing expert advice about starting school. International Journal of Early Years Education, 21(4), 348-361.
  • Turunen, T., & Perry, B. (2013). Immigrant background Australians recollections of justice, injustice and agency in stories about starting school. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 14(4), 335-344.
  • Turunen, T.A., Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (accepted March, 2013). Researching memories about starting school: Autobiographical narratives as a methodological approach. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal.
  • Dockett, S., Einarsdóttir, J., & Perry, B. (2012). Young children's decisions about research participation: Opting out. International Journal of Early Years Education, DOI:10.1080/09669760.2012.715405
  • Dockett, S., Kearney, E., & Perry, B. (2012). Recognizing young children's understandings and experiences of community, International Journal of Early Childhood, 44(3), 257-305.
  • Dockett, S., & Perry, B. (2012). "In Kindy you don't get taught": Continuity and change as children start school. Frontiers of Education in China, 7(1), 5-32. DOI: 10.3868/s110-001-012-0002-8
  • Dockett, S., Perry, B., & Kearney, E. (2012). Family transitions as children start school. Family Matters, 90, 57-67.
  • Dockett, S., Perry, B., & Kearney, E. (2012). Promoting children's informed assent in research participation. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. doi: 10.1080/09518398.2012.66289
  • Hunting, R. P., Mousley, J. A., & Perry, B. (2012). A study of rural preschool practitioners' views on young children's mathematical thinking. Mathematics Education Research Journal. DOI 10.1007/s13394-011-0030-3.
  • Dockett, S., Perry, B., & Kearney, E. (2011). Starting school with special needs: Issues for families with complex support needs as their children start school. Exceptionality Education International, 21(2), 45-61.
  • Perry, B., & Dockett, S. (2011). 'How 'bout we have a celebration?' Advice from children on starting school. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 19(3), 375-388.

View full publication list on the CSU Research Output database (CRO)

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