School of Education

Heather Ernst

Position: Campus Coordinator (Bachelor of Education), Lecturer
Study area: Education
Location: Gippsland Campus, Room 2S107
Phone: 5122 8919


Master of Numeracy - University of Melbourne - 2013

Bachelor of Science Education - University of Melbourne - 1987



  • Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)


  • Learning and teaching mathematics A (EDBED1012)
  • Learning and teaching mathematics B (EDBED3112)
  • Mathematics, Numeracy and learner engagement (EDFGC5713/4)
  • Content knowledge development: Literacy and Numeracy (EDBED3012)


  • Bachelor of Education Campus Coordinator


Before moving to the University sector in 2014, Heather taught in Government schools for 25 years, in a variety of year levels and roles. Heather completed her Masters of Numeracy at Melbourne University in 2013, with an Action research Project on Formative assessment in senior secondary mathematics.

Areas of expertise

  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Assessment for learning
  • Higher order thinking

Research interests

  • Assessment for learning
  • Senior mathematics
  • Curriculum alignment
  • Currently working towards a Doctorate in Thinking in Senior Secondary Mathematics


Refereed journal articles

Ernst, H. (2014) Formative assessment in senior mathematics. Vinculum 51 (4), 6-7

Refereed conference proceedings

Ernst, H. (2018). Senior Secondary Probability Curriculum: What has changed? In Hunter, J., Perger, P., & Darragh, L. (Eds.). Making waves, opening spaces (Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia) pp.290-297. Auckland: MERGA.

Ernst, H. (2014) Assessment for Learning in secondary mathematics. In J. Vincent, G. FitzSimons, J. Steile (Eds.), Maths Rocks: Refereed papers from the MAV 51st Annual Conference (pp. 47-53). VIC: MAV.


  • Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
  • Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
  • Mathematics Association of Victoria (MAV)