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Associate Professor Wendy Goff

Associate Professor, School Partnerships & Early Years Mathematics Education.


Wendy's research explores the dynamics of adult relationships and partnerships, including their influence and impact on children's learning, health, well-being, and overall development. She uses four different vehicles to study these relationships and partnerships (mathematics education; technology; early childhood education; and  health and wellbeing). She has disseminated her findings through presentations and publications on both national and international platforms.

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. 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, ECT, and social welfare worker. She has worked across all stages of schooling and education. Wendy's qualifications include a BEd, MEd, GDPSY, GCULT, GCISM, PhD. In the tertiary sector, Wendy has held various leadership roles. Through this leadership she has successfully led colleagues and teams through new policy directions and change; this has included working closely with internal and external stakeholders, government, and external regulatory bodies. This work has also involved working closely with ITE regulatory authorities across Australia and within the Network of Associate Deans of Professional Experience (NADPE). 

Wendy is a member of the editorial board for BRILLS Global Education in the 21st Century series. A series that address the technological advances that impact on contemporary educational practices during a period of rapid social and technological changes, as well as contemporary cutting-edge teaching, learning and research issues from a global perspective. She is also the Regional Secretary Oceania for IAHPEDS (an international alliance of researchers and professionals interested in children's  Health, Physical Education, Dance, Sport, and Wellbeing from around the world).

Wendy has won several awards during her career. These awards span across teaching and research. They include the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (Monash University), Lecturer of the Year (MUGSU), Early Career Researcher Award (Swinburne University), and the 2023 Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Research Recognition Award. 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 named as 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; mathematics; technology; early childhood education; and  health and wellbeing. She is also open to hearing about other proposed research projects, particularly those focused on Initial Teacher Education, Equity or Social Psychology.

Current HDR Supervision/Student Projects

1. Advancing STEM Education via Multimodality and integrating Interactive Visual Communication Tools and Digital Learning Design
2. Financial Literacy for Children
3. Research on the Novice TESOL Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge Change across the First Academic Year
4. Early Year’s Practitioner’s Perceptions of Mindfulness
5. Quality Education in Peruvian Preschool Institutions: An Exploratory Study of Parental and Teachers’ Perceptions
6. Australian Muslim teachers’ use of technology to navigate the Australian education system and support students (tentative)

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