BA MEd Syd, GULT CSU PhD Deakin
Kay Owens chose a lecturing position at Charles Sturt University in Dubbo in the School of Teacher Education in 2003 after serving for 15 years at the University of Western Sydney where she was a Senior Lecturer. During that period she gained her PhD in mathematics education on young children engaged in spatial problem solving. She continues her research in visuospatial reasoning especially with an emphasis on culture, context, attention and responsiveness. She recently reported on a study with local school children at an international conference on Spatial Reasoning held in Canberra.
Kay has a long career internationally with 15 years in Papua New Guinea where she held a lectureship in mathematics at the PNG University of Technology and a Head of Department position at Balob Teachers College. She was also selected for a Swedish lecturer exchange to Gothenburg University for the enhancement of tertiary education in that country and for a Masters Course at the Inter-University Institute in Macau. Kay has continued her research working with colleagues in Papua New Guinea and Sweden with a focus on ethnomathematics (mathematics, language and culture) and space, geometry and measurement education. Her international projects have been funded by USA National Science Foundation, AusAid and her universities competitive grants while her local and state projects have had funding from state and federal governments and non-government agencies and her universities.
She has worked recently with local regional schools especially on quality teaching projects and with the Indigenous community. She has undertaken several studies evaluating education initiatives and held a number of professional positions as President, Vice-President, Editor and Executive member for Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, The Mathematics Association of NSW, Australian College of Educators (Orana Regional Group).
Her university teaching interests are early childhood and primary mathematics education, literacy education, and sustainability (HSIE) education, and schools, communities, children and social justice in a global world. She also teaches educational research subjects. She has organised a number of regional conferences in Dubbo.
Dr Kay Owens' major areas of interest include: