BiographyPeter Merrotsy is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Western Australia. Previously, he enjoyed eighteen years’ experience as a teacher and head teacher of Mathematics in rural New South Wales, during which time he completed his doctorate on curriculum for gifted students. Subsequently, he joined the School of Education at the University of New England, where his research was focused on gifted children and youth from backgrounds of so-called disadvantage. In 2013, Peter was appointed to UWA where he continues to conduct research on gifted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, as well as on creativity and problem solving. Peter has written over 120 articles and papers for journals, book chapters and conferences, and is currently publishing a book Middle C: pedagogy for creative problem solving. When not reading and writing, he plays chess, attempts cryptic crosswords with a biro, tortures family with his ’cello playing, and “goes bush” – orienteering, rogaining, bushwalking, and sailing(!).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Creativity and problem solving.
Identification and education of high ability students from backgrounds of so-called disadvantage.
Reading, writing, playing chess, attempting cryptic crosswords with a biro, torturing family with my ’cello playing, and “going bush” – orienteering, rogaining, bushwalking, and sailing(!).