Professor John Pegg was appointed to the University of New England (UNE) in 1979. In 1996, he was made the foundation Director of the Centre for Cognition Research in Learning and Teaching (CRiLT) of UNE. In 2004, he became the foundation Director of the federally funded National Centre of Science, ICT, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR). In this role, John oversees programs in mathematics, science and information and communication technologies that address important educational issues of specific concern to education in rural and regional Australia, and national concern to education across Australia.
Professor Pegg’s work is far ranging, and he is particularly known internationally and nationally for his contribution to theory-based cognitive research in Mathematics Education and Assessment. Highlights of his work in this area include over 50 Keynote addresses to national and international research forums, and state and national teacher conferences. Recently he has been the team leader involved in many large-scale nationally significant projects linked to: underachieving students in literacy and Mathematics, state-wide diagnostic testing programs in science, developmental-based assessment and instruction, the validation of the New South Wales professional teaching standards, the ‘Maths? Why Not?’ project, and the ÆSOP study investigating faculties achieving outstanding student learning outcomes.
John is the co-Team Leader responsible for setting the research agenda for the QuickSmart project and overseeing the implementation of QuickSmart across sectors and jurisdictions. John also conducts information sessions about QuickSmart for educational leaders and leads the presentation of the Professional Development workshops.