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Biography

My professional academic research career encompasses two specialised areas: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM), and Theoretical Computer Science.

Since finishing my Honours Bachelor Degree in Mathematics/Mathematics Education I have held several positions at different universities. Shortly after completing my degree, during the academic year 1998-1999, I held a position at the National University of El Salvador. I was the on-site coordinator of a Masters program in Mathematics Education. In 2000 I commenced a postgraduate degree in Computer Science at The University of Victoria, Canada. Shortly after,  I was offered a scholarship to study a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. I started my doctoral studies in September 2001, completing a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science in 2005. This was followed by an appointment as a post-doctoral fellow at the Newcastle Bioinformatics Initiative (now Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine). Subsequently I took up a full-time research position with the Australian Research Council Linkage project Engineering Choices, Engineering Futures.

In 2012 I was appointed Lecturer at the School of Education of the University of Newcastle. I am currently the Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Teaching Secondary Mathematics, and Deputy Program Convenor of the Master of Educational Studies (Mathematics). I am a member of the Priority Research Centre Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA), where I co-lead the Mathematics Education Group.

 

If you are a prospective PhD/Masters student and you are interested STEM Education, please email me.

 

Qualifications

  • PhD (Computer Science), University of Newcastle, 05/09/2005
  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), Complutense University of Madrid - Spain, 28/07/1997

Research

Research keywords

  • Computational thinking
  • Engineering Education
  • Mathematics Education

Research expertise

My research interests in STEM education range from determining factors contributing to school-aged awareness of STEM to quality teaching in online and blended environments in higher education. I am very interested in the effects of mathematical relevance in secondary education learning. In particular, I am currently engaged in understanding computational thinking, and how it can be used for the learning of mathematics.

Languages

  • Spanish

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
130306Educational Technology And Computing50
130208Mathematics And Numeracy Curriculum And Pedagogy50

Collaboration

I have a long history of international research collaboration with colleagues in the area of Computer Science. In this capacity, I was invited to work with colleagues in universities in Norway, Germany, Canada and Spain.

In Education, I have collaborated with academics from many disciplines: Engineering, Education, Science, Mathematics. I believe that interactions across disciplinary boundaries will make education a richer experience at all levels.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

From January to December 2011 I was the Centre Manager for the Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Formal languages and automata
  • Mathematics curriculum
  • Mathematics pedagogy

Teaching expertise

Since 2012 I teach courses on Mathematics Pedagogy (Core and Specialist Studies) and Curriculum Studies in Mathematics.

From 2000 to 2011, I taught courses on Theory of Computation, Advanced Algorithms, Computer Networks, Introduction to Software Engineering and Formal Languages and Automata both at the University of Newcastle, Australia and the University of Victoria, Canada.

Prior to 2000 I taught at high school level in Spain, El Salvador and England.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Mellor D, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Mathieson L, Moscato PA, 'A kernelisation approach for multiple d-hitting set and its application in optimal multi-drug therapeutic combinations', Plos One, 5 1-13 (2010) [C1]
2009Prieto-Rodriguez E, Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, O'Connor JD, Page AW, Husher KJ, 'Influences on engineering enrolments: A synthesis of the findings of recent reports', European Journal of Engineering Education, 34 183-203 (2009) [C1]
2009Holbrook AP, Panozza LA, Prieto-Rodriguez E, 'Engineering in children's fiction: Not a good story?', International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 7 723-740 (2009) [C1]
2006Prieto-Rodriguez E, Sloper C, 'Looking at the stars', Theoretical Computer Science, 351 437-445 (2006) [C1]

Publications

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Journal article (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Edalatifard H, Prieto E, 'Accreditation of Engineering Education through Curriculum Development in Australia', International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP), 3 5-8 (2013) [C1]
2010Mellor D, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Mathieson L, Moscato PA, 'A kernelisation approach for multiple d-hitting set and its application in optimal multi-drug therapeutic combinations', Plos One, 5 1-13 (2010) [C1]
2009Holbrook AP, Panozza LA, Prieto-Rodriguez E, 'Engineering in children's fiction: Not a good story?', International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 7 723-740 (2009) [C1]
2009Prieto-Rodriguez E, Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, O'Connor JD, Page AW, Husher KJ, 'Influences on engineering enrolments: A synthesis of the findings of recent reports', European Journal of Engineering Education, 34 183-203 (2009) [C1]
2006Prieto-Rodriguez E, Sloper C, 'Looking at the stars', Theoretical Computer Science, 351 437-445 (2006) [C1]
2005Prieto E, 'The method of extremal structure on the k-MAXIMUM CUT problem', Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series, 41 (2005)
2005Prieto-Rodriguez E, 'Reducing to independent set structure: the case of k-internal spanning tree', Nordic Journal of Computing, 308-318 (2005)
2003Prieto-Rodriguez E, Sloper C, 'Either/Or: Using Vertex Cover Structure in Designing FPT-Algorithms - Case of k-Internal Spanning', Lecture Notes in Computer Notes, 2748 474-483 (2003) [C1]
2003Downey R, Estivill-Castro V, Fellows MR, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Rosamond FA, 'Cutting up is hard to do: the parameterized Complexity of k-Cut and Related Probelms', Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science, 78 205-218 (2003) [C1]
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Conference (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Prieto-Rodriguez E, Holmes K, 'Online StudentsÂż Perceptions of Interactive Tools to Support Postgraduate Learning of Mathematics', Proceedings of the 37th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Sydney (2014) [E1]

Co-authors: Kathryn Holmes

2014Prieto-Rodriguez E, Berretta R, 'Digital Technology Teachers' Perceptions of Computer Science: It is not all about programming', 2014 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings, Madrid, Spain (2014)
2012Prieto-Rodriguez E, Holbrook AP, Bourke SF, 'Australian engineering doctorates: What examiners seek and implications for the field', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012Edalatifard H, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Mahata K, 'The impact of curriculum on engineering students' attrition', The Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE), Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: Kaushik Mahata

2010Mellor D, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Mathieson L, Moscato PA, 'Uncovering combinations: Using graph theory to find multi-drug therapies', Biomarker Discovery Conference. Poster Program, Shoal Bay, NSW (2010) [E3]
2009Bourke SF, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Holbrook AP, O'Connor JD, Page AW, Husher KJ, 'STEM: In school and after (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)', 13th Biennial Conference: EARLI 2009. Book of Abstracts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2009) [E3]
2009Holbrook AP, Craig DH, Bourke SF, Lovat TJ, Holmes KA, Prieto-Rodriguez E, 'The content and language of PhD examiner reports', 13th Biennial Conference: EARLI 2009. Book of Abstracts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2009) [E3]
2009Prieto-Rodriguez E, Bourke SF, Holbrook AP, Page AW, O'Connor JD, Husher KJ, 'Attitudes and careers in engineering: A cross-sectional study from elementary school to the profession', 2009 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (2009) [E3]
2009Bourke SF, Holbrook AP, Craig DH, Lovat TJ, Holmes KA, Prieto-Rodriguez E, 'Matching and understanding the context and language of PhD examiner reports', 2009 AERA Annual Meeting Online Program, San Diego, CA (2009) [E3]
2007Bourke SF, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Holbrook AP, 'Identification of strategies to increase enrolments in engineering', EARLI 12th Biennial Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction: Developing Potentials for Learning. Abstracts, Budapest, Hungary (2007) [E3]
2006Dehne F, Fellows MR, Fernau H, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Rosamond FA, 'NONBLOCKER: Parameterized algorithmics for MINIMUM DOMINATING SET', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (SOFSEM 2006: 32nd Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science), Merin, Czech Republic (2006) [E1]
2004Prieto-Rodriguez E, Sloper C, 'Looking at the stars', Parameterized and Exact Computation, Bergen, Norway (2004) [E1]
2004Mathieson L, Prieto-Rodriguez E, Shaw PE, 'Packing edge disjoint triangles: a parameterized view', Parameterized and Exact Computation, Bergen, Norway (2004) [E1]

Co-authors: Luke Mathieson

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Report (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Prieto-Rodriguez E, Bourke SF, Holbrook AP, O'Connor JD, Page AW, Husher KJ, 'Identification and Development of Strategies for Increasing Engineering Enrolments', ARC, 150 (2011) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants9
Total funding$382,435

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2014 (3 grants)

Inspiring Mathematics and Science in Teacher Education$297,871
Funding Body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Project Team
Doctor Judy-Anne Osborn, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, Doctor Peter Howley, Doctor Andrew Kepert, Doctor Malcolm Roberts
SchemeRole
Commissioned Strategic ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$297,87120142016
GNo:G1301449

Research Training and Transformational Knowledge $30,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Professor Allyson Holbrook, Doctor Kylie Shaw, Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Doctor Kathryn Grushka, Doctor Jill Scevak, Doctor Robert Cantwell, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
SchemeRole
Research Programme 2014Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,00020142014
GNo:G1400924

Improving teaching practice and student outcomes using action research with critical partners$6,150
Funding Body: Wadalba Community School

Project Team
Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,15020142015
GNo:G1400628

2013 (2 grants)

Educating, informing and preparing high school teachers to engage and inspire the next generation of computer scientists$14,930
Funding Body: Google Inc

SchemeRole
CS4HSChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$14,93020132013
GNo:183798498

Teaching mathematics for social justice using project-based learning: An exploration of teachers’ professional development $4,764
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,76420132013
GNo:G1300870

2012 (1 grants)

Which factors contribute to increase the number of secondary students in high level mathematics? A study about relevance and technology use$8,720
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,72020122012
GNo:G1200810

2008 (2 grants)

Utilising linguistic analysis to explore text patterning in PhD examination reports$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Allyson Holbrook, Professor Hugh Craig, Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020082008
GNo:G0189098

Utilising linguistic analysis to explore text patterning in PhD examination reports$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Professor Allyson Holbrook, Professor Hugh Craig, Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez
SchemeRole
Pilot Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020082008
GNo:G0189382

(1 grants)

CS4HS workshop$10,000
Funding Body: Google Australia Pty Ltd

Project Team
Doctor Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, Associate Professor Regina Berretta
SchemeRole
DonationChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,000
GNo:G1400548
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.15
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.4

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018M Philosophy (Education)Co-SupervisorA Study into the Mathematical Under-Preparedness of Students Entering University to Undertake Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Degrees
20132016PhD (Computer Engineering)Co-SupervisorCurriculum Development in Engineering Education: A Case Study of Change Agents in the Telecommunication Specialty
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Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez

Work Phone+61 (0)2 4921 7916
Fax+61 (0)2 49 217887
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaMathematics
Office
HA95,
Hunter Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/elena-prieto