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Dr John West


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5486, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO8.408
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5486
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO8.408  


John is a Lecturer in Mathematics Education for the School of Education in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

Current Teaching

  • MPE4105 - Primary Mathematics Education 1 (Grad Dip Primary)
  • MAE3260 - Teaching and Learning in Primary Mathematics (BEd Primary)
  • NSL1260 - Numeracy and Scientific Literacy for Primary School Teachers (BEd Primary)


John has taught mathematics at primary, secondary and tertiary levels and currently teaches in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) programs.

Professional Associations

  • 2013 - Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
  • 2004 - Mathematical Association of WA (MAWA)

Research Interests

  • Mathematics education
  • Educational psychology
  • Gifted and Talented education
  • Assessment evaluation


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Education with First Class Honours, The University of Western Australia, 1998.
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, The University of Western Australia, 1997.
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Western Australia, 1996.


Recent Research Grants

  • Re-development and trial of Kimberley Literacy Profiles,  Muludja Remote Community School,  Muludja Remote Community School - Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $59,403.
  • Optimisation of STEM Education Support in Western Australian Schools,  Department of Commerce,  Department of Commerce - Tender,  2013 - 2014,  $89,153.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • West, J., (2019), Stimulating mathematical reasoning with simple open-ended tasks. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 23(1), 32-25.
  • Budgen, F., West, J., (2018), Identifying and Supporting Numeracy Needs of First Year Undergraduate Education Students. Athens Journal of Education, 5(2), 131-144, Athens Institute for Education and Research, DOI: 10.30958 /aje.5-2-2.
  • West, J., (2016), Power patterns: Extending number sense through last digit investigations. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 21(1), 29-33, Adelaide, SA, Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc..
  • West, J., (2016), Counter conjectures: Using manipulatives to scaffold the development of number sense and algebra. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 21(3), 21-25.
  • West, J., Turner, W., (2016), Enhancing the assessment experience: improving student perceptions, engagement and understanding using online video feedback. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 53(4), 400-410, Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2014.1003954.
  • O'Rourke, J., West, J., (2015), Education assistant support in inclusive Western Australian classrooms: Trialling a screening tool in an Australian context. International Journal of Disability Development and Education, 62(5), 531-546, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/1034912X.2015.1052376.
  • West, J., (2014), Divide and conquer: A hands-on exploration of divisibility. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 19(4), 15-19, Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers.


  • Hackling, M., Murcia, K., West, J., Anderson, K., (2014), Optimising STEM Education in WA Schools., Joondalup, WA, Edith Cowan University.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Education, Assessing the information technology skills and usage of information and communication technology by educators in Western Australia secondary schools.
  • Master of Education, Voices from the dark: Perspectives of adolescents with visual impairments in mainstream secondary schools in Singapore.
  • Master of Special Education, Perth secondary school personnel's knowledge of and ability to identify mental health disorders in childhood and adolescence.
  • Master of Educational Studies, The spelling process and the role of individual profiles : translating research to practice.
  • Doctor of Education, The private earnings return rate to education and training from the labour market in Hong Kong (1981-2001).
  • Master of Special Education, Prevalence of antisocial behaviour and its relationship to attention deficit disorder in children in Western Australian special education settings.
  • Master of Special Education, Severe antisocial tendencies in intellectually disabled students in Western Australian schools.
  • Master of Education, Motivation, behaviour and emotion constructs among junior primary and middle schools students at a Western Australia district high school.
  • Master of Educational Studies, Teachers' knowledge of Attention Deficity Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how students with ADHD are supported in Western Australian schools.
  • Master of Special Education, Undiagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among juvenile heroin abusers.
  • Doctor of Education, A Rasch measurement analysis of career maturity for secondary school students in Hong Kong.
  • Doctor of Education, Singapore secondary school students' conceptions and misconceptions of algebraic equation solving.
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