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Student profile: Melissa McMinn

Melissa McMinn

Research topic: Maths teaching anxiety in pre-service Emirati teachers

Employment: Lecturer (Education), Higher Colleges of Technology

Chief supervisor: Dr Jill Aldridge
Co-supervisor: Dr David Henderson


I have a primary education background, but have been working in teacher education in the United Arab Emirates for over five years, at both the under- and postgraduate levels.

A highlight from my time at Curtin has been the Learning Environments course, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and am enjoying working on my own research.

I plan to complete my PhD and continue to work in teacher education while furthering my research portfolio in maths and science education and I am considering undertaking a master in educational psychology.

My advice to future students would be to get involved! There may never be a ‘right time’ to get back into studying, so just go for it!