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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Refereed Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • Lai, M.Y., Murray, S. (in press). Teaching with procedural variation: A Chinese way of promoting deep understanding of mathematics. International Journal of Mathematics Teaching and Learning.
  • Murray, S.. (1990). Knowledge about eating disorders in the community. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 9 (1), 87-93.
  • 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. (1999). Eating disorders and criticism of cultural ideals. European Eating Disorders Review 7 (3), 204–212

Conference Proceedings

  • 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

  • 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.

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