Dr Esther Chan is a Research Fellow in the International Centre for Classroom Research (ICCR) at The University of Melbourne. She is a registered psychologist who specialises in educational psychology and assessment. She currently managing two international research projects at the ICCR: one investigating collaborative problem solving in mathematics in Australia and China, and another investigating the knowledge construction process of mathematics teachers in Australia, China, and Germany.
Prior to joining the ICCR, she worked on several Australian Government funded projects in student wellbeing and achievement, early literacy assessment, and school retention. She was awarded the Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2015 by the Australian Government and was hosted six months by the University of California, Berkeley working with Professor Mark Wilson.
Endeavour Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Australian Government,
Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry), Australian Research Council,
Available for supervision
I am currently managing two projects, one involves investigating the social nature of learning and collaborative problem solving in mathematics of Year 7 students in Australia and China; and one on the knowledge construction and reflective process of middle school mathematics teachers in Australia, China, and Germany. There is scope for master's or doctoral students (DEd or PhD) interested in the learning sciences, classroom discourse, teacher learning, international comparison, and other related areas to be involved in either projects as part of their research studies and which I could co-supervise alongside the project leader Professor David Clarke at MGSE. Currently, only involvement in either projects will be considered for supervision possibility. You can visit https://socialunitoflearning.iccr.edu.au/ and https://learningfromlessons.iccr.edu.au/ for information about the projects. To express your interest, please email me your CV with a one paragraph statement about your research interests in relation to either of the projects.