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Associate Professor Wendy Goff

Associate Professor, School Partnerships & Early Years Mathematics Education. Deputy Chair Department of Education


Wendy's research explores adult relationships/partnerships and their impact on children's learning, wellbeing and development. She uses different vehicles to study these relationships and has presented and published her work at a national and international level. Wendy holds membership to NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (a global organisation of addiction focused professionals who enhance the health and recovery of individuals, families and communities), the Victorian Early Childhood Research Consortium, and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). She is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association. 

Wendy's APAC-accredited degree in Psychology (GDPSY) has provided a good basis for understanding the complexities of adult behaviour and how adults come together; including how these behaviours and actions shape the experiences of children. Wendy's qualifications and experience in Education (BEd; MEd; PhD; GCISM; GCULT) provides her with a comprehensive understanding of schools and the teaching profession. 

Wendy's doctoral work, along with her chapter in the MERGA four-yearly review of research (Mathematics Education in the Early Years), has been published in the Evidence Base Component of the Birth to Level 10 Numeracy Guide by the Victorian Department of Education. The Birth to Level 10 Numeracy Guide is a multimodal, interactive online guide that has been designed to provide teachers and schools with a holistic understanding of numeracy, and a roadmap for individual and whole-school approaches. Findings from her research have been highlighted as part of the evidence base underpinning numeracy in Australia. 

Wendy has held various leadership roles throughout her career. These roles include Academic Director International Partnerships; Academic Director Professional Experience. Wendy was also part of the Senior Leadership Group in the School of Education at RMIT. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Department of Education in the School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education.

Wendy is keen to supervise students interested in family-school partnerships; university-school partnerships; adult relationships; early childhood education; and mathematics education. She is also open to hearing about other proposed research projects, particularly those focused on Social Psychology, Initial Teacher Education or VR simulation.

Research interests

Innovation; Social impact; Allied Health Design; Education; Social Psychology; Early Childhood Education; Primary Education; Mathematics Education; Design-based Research; Educational Partnerships/Relationships; Maths; Math; Mathematics; Transitions; Public Health; Mixed Methods; Qualitative Methods; Quantitative Methods

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Social Psychology - 520505
  • Mathematics And Numeracy Curriculum And Pedagogy - 390109
  • Early Childhood Education - 390302

Teaching areas

Education;mathematics education


  • 2020, Swinburne, Emerging Researcher Award, Swinburne University
  • 2013, Other, Deans Award for Teaching Excellence, Monash University


Also published as: Goff, Wendy; Goff, W.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Sa'ili le ala: 21st Century career discovery sprint for Pasifika youths *; DISER - Safer Communities Fund: Early Intervention
  • 2021: Access Quality Teaching initiative *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2021: Supporting Pasifika islander youth towards positive life trajectories *; Department of Justice - Building Safer Communities
  • 2020: Working Together to Strengthen Mathematics/ICT Learning in Our Community *; Hawthorn Early Years Incorporated
  • 2019: Learning@HOME with Children: A sustainable approach to improving educational outcomes through partnerships between education settings and families *; Catholic Education Melbourne

* Chief Investigator