Dr Shaileigh Rowtcliff is a teaching specialist and lecturer in Primary Education.
Shaileigh has worked in educational contexts for over 16 years across many roles including experiences as a primary teacher and ICT coordinator in metropolitan and regional South Australia. In more recent years, she was the principal of a K-12 school in the USA and has prior experience teaching in early childhood and secondary contexts.
Shaileigh completed both her bachelor’s degree and her PhD at Flinders University, where her PhD thesis and research focussed on attitudes, beliefs, and emotions in primary mathematics education, also known as the affective domain.
Shaileigh is enthusiastic about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education (STEM), as well as taking learning outside the classroom through situated learning approaches and pedagogies. Her current scholarship of teaching research focuses on exploring the role of situated learning (at the zoo) and professional learning experiences for pre-service teachers to develop STEM thinking. She has a special interest in supporting teachers to use digital technologies creatively whilst developing and maintaining positive attitudes and beliefs throughout the learning process.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) / Flinders University of South Australia
Thesis: Investigating Teachers’ Promotion of Powerful Positive Affect in the Primary Mathematics Classroom Supervisors: Associate Professor Julie Clark, Dr. Trudy Sweeney, and Associate Professor Larry Owens
Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary / Primary) (Hons.) / Flinders University of South Australia
Thesis: A Theoretical Curriculum Comparison of Mathematics Education – An investigation into the SACSA Framework and the International Baccalaureate PYP
Supervisor: Associate Professor Julie Clark
2022 - Dean’s Recognition of Teaching Award / Acknowledgement of consistent and high-quality teaching for 2nd year students.
Developing and teaching Mathematics Education for Early and Primary Years (curriculum studies)
Focus areas: STEM and Mathematics Education
Interest in: Affective Domain (attitudes, emotions, values and beliefs). Nature-based learning. STEM education for early years and primary / elementary.
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERSA)
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Primary Mathematics Association (PMA)
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Co-Founder of Zoo STEM Teach - Instagram: @ZooSTEMTeach
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