Dr Peter John

Dr Peter John Cox

Lecturer in Science and Mathematics Education

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Education

Department of Education

3.15A Education Building, Bendigo

Qualifications

B App Sc, G Dip Ed, G Dip Comp, G Dip Outdoor Ed, MEd, PhD

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Science Teachers' Association Victoria

Area of study

Secondary teaching

Brief profile

Peter Cox has worked as a secondary teacher and teacher educator since 1983.  He has  qualifications in Chemistry and Mathematics, Computing, and Education. He currently works part-time (0.7) as a lecturer in Science Education at La Trobe University Bendigo where he lectures in pedagogical and discipline subjects in science for primary and secondary pre-service teachers. 

 

He is passionate about the role data (quantitative and qualitative) can play in informing teaching practise, educational policy and as a tool to improve student outcomes.

 

Peter believes strongly in the vital contribution women play in education, and since 1998 has been a part-time home-husband to enable his partner to work in teacher education.

 

Awards:

  • La Trobe University, College of ASSC College Teaching Award (2015) for MSTIE program

  • La Trobe University, College of ASSC College Teaching Award (2015) for SOIL program

  • La Trobe University, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award (2014)

  • Stewart Fraser Award for Exemplary Thesis Writing (2006)

  • APA PhD scholarship (2002 – 2005)

  • LaTrobe University, Bendigo Research Award (1996)

  • NEiTA Award for Excellence in Secondary Teaching in Victoria (1995)

 

PhD Research, La Trobe University (2001-2005)

Cox, P. (2005). Participation and Performance in Mathematics and Science: Gender Issues Revisited. Unpublished PhD Dissertation, La Trobe University.

This research examined gender and socio-economic differences in participation, performance and subject selection in Year 12 subjects at a single very large senior secondary college.

This study used a blend of both quantitative and qualitative research methods (a mixed method approach) to address the diverse range of research questions. This research had significant findings regarding gender and socio-economic effects on subject selection and performance in schools.

I am now working on further papers and conference presentations from the PhD.  I have also been disseminating the findings and implications of the research through invitations to present to a broad educational audience.

Research interests

Teaching and learning

- Teaching and Learning mathematics and science. Teaching and Learning in open-plan schools.

Teaching units

BEd Course:

Teaching Science (EDU2TS) - Coordinator

Integrated Science Learning (EDU3ISL) - Coordinator

MTeach Course:

Coordinator of all Science Teaching Methods (Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Science) and Methods Cluster A subjects

Coordinator of Professional Experience C (Secondary)

Recent publications

Books:

Prain, V., Cox, P., Deed, C., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., Lovejoy, V.A., Mow, L., Sellings, P., & Waldrip, B. (2015).  Personalising Learning in Open-Plan Schools. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Chapter 1: Characterising Personalising Learning. Vaughan Prain, Peter Cox, Craig Deed, Debra Edwards, Cathleen Farrelly, Mary Keeffe, Valerie Lovejoy, Lucy Mow, Peter Sellings, Bruce Waldrip.

Chapter 7: Personalising Mathematics for Low SES Students in Schools with Open-Plan Settings. Peter Cox, Bruce Waldrip, Vaughan Prain.

Chapter 12: Remaking Schooling through Open-Plan Settings: Some Conclusions and the Future. Vaughan Prain, Peter Cox, Craig Deed, Debra Edwards, Cathleen Farrelly, Mary Keeffe, Valerie Lovejoy, Lucy Mow, Peter Sellings, Bruce Waldrip.

Prain, V., Cox, P., Deed, C., Dorman, J., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., Lovejoy, V.A., Mow, L., Sellings, P., Waldrip, B., &.Yager, Z. (2014).  Personalising Learning in Open-Plan Schools. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Chapter 1: Researching the outcomes of the Bendigo Education Plan Vaughan Prain, Peter Cox, Craig Deed, Debra Edwards, Cathleen    Farrelly, Mary Keeffe, Valerie Lovejoy, Lucy Mow, Peter Sellings, Bruce Waldrip, Zali Yager.

Chapter 2: Quantitative research on personalising learning and wellbeing in open-plan up-scaled learning communities  Bruce Waldrip, Peter Cox, Jeong Jin Yu.

Chapter 3: Personalising learning: Theory and enactment. Vaughan Prain, Peter Cox, Craig Deed, Debra Edwards, Cathleen   Farrelly, Mary Keeffe, Valerie Lovejoy, Lucy Mow, Peter Sellings, Bruce Waldrip, Zali Yager.

Chapter 4: Adapting to teaching and learning in open-plan schools. Peter Cox, Debra Edwards.

Chapter 8: Preparing pre-service teachers for open-plan learning environments. Craig Deed, Peter Cox, Debra Edwards.

Chapter 12: New practices, new knowledge and future implications for learning   in open-plan settings for low SES students. Vaughan Prain, Peter Cox, Craig Deed, Debra Edwards, Cathleen   Farrelly, Mary Keeffe, Valerie Lovejoy, Lucy Mow, Peter Sellings, Bruce Waldrip, Zali Yager

Cox, P. (2010). Gender Issues revisited: Participation and Performance in Mathematics and Science. Saarbrucken: Lambert Academic Publishing. (ISBN: 978-3-8433-8187-1).

Cox, P. (1994). From Universe to Atom.  Melbourne: Rigby Heinemann.

 

Posters:

The Classroom Mixer-upper-er, GM Learning Skills, 2008.

The Illustrated Periodic Table of the Elements, GM Learning Skills, 2007.

 

Journal Articles: 

Lugg, A. & Cox, P. (In process). Professional learning in ‘open’ spaces: Sustainability education through regional pre-service and in-service teacher partnerships.  Submitted to the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education.

Kurup, P.M., Cox, P.. & Deed, C. (2015). Building Primary Pre-Service Teachers’ Confidence and Competence to Teach Science: The Influence of Planning, Teaching and Reflecting on an Integrated Science Unit. Journal of Academic Perspectives, 2015(2).

Waldrip, B., Cox, P., Deed, C.,  Dorman, J., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., et al. (2014). Student perceptions of personalised learning: Validation and development of questionnaire with regional secondary students. Learning Environments Research, 17(2).

Prain, V., Cox, P., Deed, C., Dorman, J., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., Lovejoy, V.A., Mow, L., Sellings, P., Waldrip, B., & Yager, Z. (2013). Personalised learning: lessons to be learnt. British Educational Research Journal, 39(4), 654–676.

Pridham, B., Deed, C., & Cox, P. (2013). Workplace-based practicum: Enabling expansive practices. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(4), 50-65.

Deed, C., Cox, P., & Prain, V. (2011). Enablers and constraints in achieving integration in a teacher preparation program. Australian Journal of Teacher Education,36(8) 72-92.

Cox, P., Leder, G. C., & Forgasz, H. (2004). Victorian Certificate of Education: Mathematics, science and gender. Australian Journal of Education, 48(1), 27-46.

Cox, P. (2000). Regional and gender differences in mathematics achievement. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 16(1), 22-29.

Cox, P. (1995). Gender differences in VCE mathematics assessment. Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, 9(1), 53-59.

 

Conference Presentations (Recent):

Kurup, P.M., Cox, P.. & Deed, C. (2014). Building primary pre-service teachers’ confidence and competence to teach science: The influence of planning, teaching and reflecting on an integrated science unit. Oxford Education Research Symposium, Oxford 11- December 2014.

Vaughan Prain, Peter Cox, Craig Deed, Jeffrey Dorman, Debra Edwards, Cathleen Farrelly, Mary Keeffe, Valerie Lovejoy, Lucy Mow, Peter Sellings, Bruce Waldrip, Zali Yager Enacting Personalised Learning Plans: Case studies from Sweden and Australia. ATEE conference,  Halden, Norway.

Deed, C., Prain, V., Cox, P., Dorman, J., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., Lovejoy, V., Mow, L., Sellings, P., Waldrip, B., Yager Z. (2013). Learning in open-plan settings. Symposium: Learning in Open-Plan School Settings. European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Biennial conference. Munich, Germany.

Edwards, D., Deed, C., & Cox, P. (2013). How do teachers and students adjust to the practical realities of inhabiting altered learning r environments: Initial teacher adaptation to the open classroom. EARLI Biennial Conference. Munich, Germany.

Prain, V., Cox, P., Deed, C., Dorman, J., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., Lovejoy, V., Mow, L., Sellings, P., Waldrip, B., Yager Z. ( 2013) Personalising learning: An Australian Case Study. EARLI Biennial Conference. Munich, Germany.

Prain, V., Cox, P., Deed, C., Dorman, J., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., Lovejoy, V., Mow, L., Sellings, P., Waldrip, B., Yager Z. (2013). Personalising learning: Theorising, enacting and assessing new practices. BERA Annual Conference. Brighton.

Deed, C., Cox, P., & Edwards, D. (2013) Initial teacher adaptation to the open classroom. Association for Teacher Education (ATEE) conference. Halden, Norway.

Prain, V., Cox, P., Deed, C., Dorman, J., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., Lovejoy, V., Mow, L., Sellings, P., Waldrip, B., Yager Z. (2013) Enacting Personalised Learning Plans: Case studies from Sweden and Australia. Association for Teacher Education (ATEE) conference,  Halden, Norway.

Waldrip, B., Dorman, J., & Cox, P. (2011) Improving regional secondary students’ learning and well-being: Teachers’ and students’ perception of learning variables. Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE) conference. Hobart.

Prain, V., Cox, P., Deed, C., Edwards, D., Farrelly, C., Keeffe, M., Lovejoy, V., Mow, L., Sellings, P., Waldrip, B., Yager Z., Dorman, J. (2011) Improving Regional Secondary Students’ Learning and Well-being: Overview of an ARC Linkage Project. Australian Association of Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Hobart.

Cox, P. (2009, December). The Mixer-upper-er: A Systematic Way to Group Students. Paper presented at the 2009 Mathematical Association of Victoria Annual Conference. La Trobe University, Bundoora.

Cox, P. & Kurup, P. (2009, July). MSTIE (Multidisciplinary Science Teaching Integrated Experience) a novel approach linking science units and the practicum. Paper presented at the 40th Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference, Geelong, July 1-4, 2009.

Cox, P. & Kurup, P. (2009, July). Students – Not in lectures, not online! Why is it so?. Paper presented at the 40th Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference, Geelong, July 1-4, 2009.

Cox, P. (2008, July). Gendered Science Choices at the end of Secondary Schooling – Does differential enrolment lead to differential performance. Paper presented at the 39th Australasian Science Education Research Association Conference, Brisbane, July 2-5, 2008.

Research projects

2015-2016 Teaching Academies for Professional Practice (TAPP) Bendigo Cluster

ARC Linkage Grant (2010-2014) Improving regional Secondary Students’ Learning and Well-being.  Approx $405000 over 3 years. Prof Vaughan Prain (leader) , A/Prof Mary Keeffe, Dr Craig Deed, Dr Peter Cox , Dr Zali Yager, Ms Debra Edwards, Ms Cathleen Farrelly.

La Trobe LTLT Innovations Grant (2013) Sustainability in Teacher Education Project (With Alison Lugg (Project Leader), Jan Alexander, Lillian Austin)

School Centres for Teaching Excellence (P2) Project (2011-2012)

PhD Research, La Trobe University (2001-2005)

MEd Research, La Trobe University (1993-1995)