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DR Esther Chan


  • Educational assessment
  • Learning theories



  • Dr Esther Chan is a Research Fellow in the International Centre for Classroom Research (ICCR) at The University of Melbourne. She is a registered psychologist who specialises in educational psychology and assessment. She currently managing two international research projects at the ICCR: one investigating collaborative problem solving in mathematics in Australia and China, and another investigating the knowledge construction process of mathematics teachers in Australia, China, and Germany.

    Prior to joining the ICCR, she worked on several Australian Government funded projects in student wellbeing and achievement, early literacy assessment, and school retention. She was awarded the Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2015 by the Australian Government and was hosted six months by the University of California, Berkeley working with Professor Mark Wilson.   


Member of

  • International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. International Committee Member 2016 -
  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction. JURE member 2013 -
  • Literacy Research Association. Member 2011 -
  • American Educational Research Association. Member 2009 -
  • Australian Psychological Society. MAPS 2007 -
  • Psychology Board of Australia. Registered Psychologist 2007 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2013
  • MEdPsych, University of Melbourne 2007
  • GradDipSci (Psych), University of Sydney 2005
  • BA, University of Melbourne 2004

Awards and honors

  • Endeavour Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Australian Government, 2015
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry), Australian Research Council, 2008


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am currently managing two projects, one involves investigating the social nature of learning and collaborative problem solving in mathematics of Year 7 students in Australia and China; and one on the knowledge construction and reflective process of middle school mathematics teachers in Australia, China, and Germany. There is scope for master's or doctoral students (DEd or PhD) interested in the learning sciences, classroom discourse, teacher learning, international comparison, and other related areas to be involved in either projects as part of their research studies and which I could co-supervise alongside the project leader Professor David Clarke at MGSE. Currently, only involvement in either projects will be considered for supervision possibility. You can visit and for information about the projects. To express your interest, please email me your CV with a one paragraph statement about your research interests in relation to either of the projects.