Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Photo of Dr Sara Murray Dr Sara Murray

BA Hons (ANU), PhD (Sydney), Grad Dip Ed (CSU)

Dr Sara Murray initially trained as a psychologist and completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 1992. Her thesis was an examination of sociocultural factors in eating disorders.

Sara worked for many years in clinical and research settings, including over 15 years in private practice. She has previously held research and teaching positions at the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Western Sydney.

Sara retrained as a secondary mathematics teacher and taught in New South Wales secondary schools. She was appointed to the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University in January 2009.

Sara has a longstanding interest in child and adolescent psychology. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a registered psychologist.

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  • Secondary mathematics teaching and learning
  • Gender and mathematics
  • Post-compulsory participation in secondary mathematics
  • Student effort in the classroom
  • Student and teacher mindset regarding ability and effort

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  • Co-ordinator of BEd Primary Honours program (Bathurst campus) and Graduate Certificate in Educational Research
  • Reconceptualising Secondary Education (foundation secondary teaching subject)
  • Constructions of Adolescence (adolescent psychology)
  • Secondary mathematics curriculum subjects

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  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Registered psychologist
  • Member of the Board Curriculum Committee (K-10 Mathematics), Board of Studies New South Wales
  • Professional learning partnerships with schools in western New South Wales and TAFE Western

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Invited Book Chapter

  • Murray, S. & Mitchell, J. (submitted). Teaching strategies that encourage student effort in Year 8 and 9. In Groundwater-Smith, S. & Mockler, N. (eds). Big fish, little fish: teaching and learning in the middle years. Cambridge University Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Murray, S., & Mitchell, J. (in press). Teaching practices that re-engage early school leavers in further education: An Australian study. Journal of Further and Higher Education.
  • Lai, M. Y., & Murray, S. (2014). Hong Kong Grade 6 students' performance and mathematical reasoning in decimals tasks: procedurally based or conceptually based? International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 1-27.
  • Lai, M. Y., & Murray, S. (2014). What do error patterns tell us about Hong Kong Chinese and Australian Students' Understanding of Decimal Numbers? International Journal for Mathematics Teaching & Learning.
  • Murray, S., & Mitchell, J. (2013). "I want to be here": Early school leavers re-engage in study at TAFE. Youth Studies Australia, 32(2), 13.
  • Murray, S., & Mitchell, J. (2013). The 'double-edged sword' of the adult learning environment. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 53(1), 111-128
  • Lai, M.Y., & Murray, S. (2012). Teaching with procedural variation: A Chinese way of promoting deep understanding of mathematics. International Journal of Mathematics Teaching and Learning.
  • Murray, S. (2011). Declining participation in post-compulsory secondary school mathematics: students' views of and solutions to the problem. Research in Mathematics Education, 13 (3), 269-285.
  • Murray, S (2011). Secondary students' descriptions of 'good' mathematics teachers. The Australian Mathematics Teacher, 67 (4), 14-21.
  • Murray, S. (1999). Eating disorders and criticism of cultural ideals. European Eating Disorders Review 7 (3), 204–212
  • Murray, S. , Touyz, S.W., & Beumont, PJV. (1995). The influence of personal relationships on women's eating behaviour and body satisfaction. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention,3 (3), 243-252.
  • Murray, S., Touyz, S.W., & Beumont, PJV. (1995). Awareness and perceived influence of body ideals in the media: A comparison of eating disorder patients and the general community. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 4 (1), 33-46.
  • Murray, S.. (1990). Knowledge about eating disorders in the community. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 9 (1), 87-93.

Conference Proceedings

  • Stephens, P., Mitchell, J., Mathewson-Mitchell, D., Murray, S. Denaia, L. (2014). Learning to teach by distance education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Australian Teacher Education Association. Sydney, NSW.
  • Murray, S. (2009). Declining participation in senior secondary mathematics. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Canberra.
  • Murray, S. (2009). Mathematics in the senior years of secondary schooling. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Australian Teacher Education Association, Albury NSW.
  • Murray, S. (1996). Awareness and perceived influence of body ideals in the media: A comparison of eating disorder patients and the general community. Proceedings of the International Congress on Stress and Health, Sydney.
  • Murray, S. (1990). Knowledge about eating disorders in the community. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Treatment of Addictive Behaviours, Sydney.
  • Murray, S. (1987). Sociocultural factors in eating disorders. Proceedings of the 9th World Congress of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine, Sydney.

Reports

  • Mitchell, J. & Murray, S. (2014). The Mudgee High School Link Program – an evaluation. Report prepared for Mudgee High School.
  • Murray, S,. Mitchell, J., Hall, R., Starr, G., & Murray, R. (2012). From the foundations up: building student effort and success in TAFE study. Report for TAFE Western NSW.
  • Murray, S,. Mitchell, J., Hill, B., Starr, G., & Murray, R. (2012). Building effort and success in an Aboriginal Studies course. Report for TAFE Western NSW.
  • Mitchell, J. & Murray, S. (2012). Lithgow High School 2012: perspectives of students, parents and staff.
  • Murray, S., Mitchell, J., Hill, B., Maurice, R., & Murray, J. (2011). TAFE classrooms that work: Teaching practices that encourage student effort. Report for TAFE Western.
  • Murray, S. & Mitchell, J. (2010 – 2012) Lithgow High School: perspectives of parents.
  • Murray, S. (2010). Student attitudes toward mathematics in Years 7-10: report prepared for Lithgow High School.
  • Murray, S. (2009). An evaluation of single sex mathematics classes: report prepared for Kelso High.

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