Dr Melissa Fanshawe
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Melissa Fanshawe is a senior lecturer (mathematics curriculum and pedagogy) in the School of Education at University of Southern Queensland. She has over twenty-five years’ experience within schools as a teacher, advisory teacher, Deputy and Principal. In the tertiary space, Melissa is passionate about student success and access to education and online learning. She specialises in preparing pre-service teachers to feel confident in teaching mathematics in primary classrooms. Melissa has won a number of teaching awards including an Australian Awards for University Teaching citation for supporting students learning, an ADCET Accessibility in Action award, an ASCILITE innovation award and a Commonwealth Bank teaching award.
Melissa is also a qualified and experienced teacher for students with vision impairment, gaining her Masters at the Royal Institute for the Deaf and Blind. Her PhD explored participation in learning and preparation for employment for students with blindness and low vision in mainstream secondary schools. She enjoys her volunteer roles as Vision Australia's education ambassador for LEGO braille bricks, co-President of the South Pacific Educators of Vision Impairment and an executive member of the Australian Braille Authority.
Melissa is passionate about sharing information to increase access to education and employment. She believes that with the right knowledge and structures, we can create inclusive environments where all people feel valued and have the opportunity to shine.
|Senior Lecturer||University of Southern Queensland||2016|
Mathematics in early primary
Mathematics in middle and upper primary
Preparing for the Profession
Fields of Research
- 390109. Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
- 390303. Higher education
- 390304. Primary education
- 390411. Special education and disability
|Member - Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers|
|Co-President - South Pacific Educators of Vision Impairment|
|Executive - Australian Braille Authority|
|Research Title||Supervisor Type||Level of Study||Commenced|
|The experiences of Australian dyslexic children and their parents: An exploration of allyship and parent-school partnerships||Associate Supervisor||Doctoral||2021|
|National Accreditation of certificates for senior secondary students who are blind or have low vision||Vision Australia Limited||2021|