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Associate Professor Wendy Goff

Associate Professor, School Partnerships & Early Years Mathematics 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 interactions, and has presented and published her work at a national and international level. Wendy holds membership to 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 work in mathematics education 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's work in mathematics education has also been published in the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia's (MERGA) 4-yearly comprehensive review of mathematics education research in Australasia (RIMEA). 

Throughout her career Wendy has worked as a classroom teacher, EC educator, and social welfare worker. She has worked across all stages of schooling and education. Wendy has qualifications in leadership and has held various leadership positions in the tertiary sector.  Her qualifications include a BEd, MEdL, GDPSY, GCULT, GCISM, PhD. She has held two Academic Director roles:  Academic Director International Partnerships and Academic Director Professional Experience. She was a member of the Senior Leadership Group in the School of Education at RMIT. She has also held various department/school-based leadership roles (GTPA Lead, Accreditation Lead, Course Director EC/Primary, Pathways Lead, School of Education acting STEM Research Theme Lead), including two invited external leadership positions (External Chair Course Advisory Committee and External Chair Course Review Committee) at other universities. More recently, Wendy has enjoyed the Deputy Chair and Acting HoS roles in the Department of Education in the School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education at Swinburne. 

Wendy's awards span over teaching and research. They include the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (Monash University), Lecturer of the Year (Monash University Student Union), Early Career Researcher Award (Swinburne University), and the 2023 ATEA Research Recognition Award (Australian Teacher Education Association). Wendy's work in VR Simulation won the ITNews Benchmark Award and was recognised as Australia's Leading IT Project in Education in 2021. Throughout her career, Wendy has been the Chief Investigator on a number of sizable federal and state-funded research projects. She has also been the Chief Investigator on several industry funded projects and industry-based seeding grants. 

HDR Supervision
Wendy is keen to supervise Masters and Doctoral students interested in partnerships and relationships that impact children's learning; VR simulations; early childhood education; and mathematics education. She is also open to hearing about other proposed research projects, particularly those focused on Initial Teacher Education, AI, Equity or Social Psychology.

HDR Completions
Student: Eugenia Koh
Thesis Title: A bioecological perspective of Singaporean parents' negotiations with Kiasu and meritocracy amidst education reform (2023).
Associate Supervisor
Student: Lyn Kee
Thesis Title: Using Narrative Identity to Better Understand Learning Dispositions to Support University Students (2023). 
Associate Supervisor

Links to External Media/Information:
VIT Registration Number: 330218 (Early Childhood and Primary School Teacher)

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 Principal 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

mathematics education;early childhood education;primary education;teacher education


  • 2023, National, Research Recognition Award, Australian Teacher Education Association
  • 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

  • 2023: STEM and robotics play *; Collier Charitable Trust
  • 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