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Student profile: Agbon Stephen Enoma

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Research topic: Understanding the number sense competence of high school students with borderline, mild, and moderate intellectual disabilities

Employment: Senior Special Education Teacher, Department of Education (WA)

Chief supervisor: Professor Barry Fraser
Co-supervisor: Professor John Malone


I have worked in diverse capacities in Australia with students with disabilities and their families, as a special education teacher, principal of a special education school and as a disability and early childhood disability advisor.

Building on my Master of Special Education I chose to study at Curtin because it is highly regarded internationally and because it had a team of supervisors whose wealth of expertise and longstanding experience could guide me in my area of research interest.

I am proud to have published three referred papers from my doctoral thesis and to have achieved high distinctions in the coursework components of all my units of study at Curtin.

A highlight from my time at Curtin has been the development of an assessment tool for mathematics students with intellectual disability and others with mathematics learning difficulty.

I plan to become an advocate for the voices of individuals with disability and to continue to support global efforts that maximize their life choices and chances as well as their inclusion into the wider society.

My advice to future students would be:

  1. Understand that organisation-, stress- and time-management skills are key factors to your success.
  2. Have an operational plan/research proposal with clearly defined goals and do your best to adhere faithfully to it so that you can account for each day as the years roll by. Because time does fly!
  3. Set aside time for recreation.
  4. Store your drafts in multiple destinations.