Carly is interested in how young people become financially capable within families, communities, and schools.
Carly's ongoing educational design research program has to date been situated within the Encouraging Persistence Maintaining Challenge (EPMC) project (an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, DP110101027). As the lead researcher exploring the topic of 'Money and financial mathematics' she has worked collaboratively with upper primary school teachers and students in Australia and New Zealand to create and research open-ended financial literacy tasks. These tasks are designed to cultivate critical inquiry skills; elevate the perceived importance of mathematical knowledge, skills and reasoning in children's minds; and orient them to make informed financial decisions.
Carly's other research interests include curriculum innovation; numeracy and mathematics task design; mathematical problem-solving in real world contexts; and pedagogical coaching to enhance teaching and learning.
Carly is regularly engaged by teacher associations and schools, being recognised as a dynamic, thought-provoking presenter who involves school leaders and teachers in professional learning that promotes critical conversation and inspires innovation.
Carly writes for academic, government, teacher and preservice teacher audiences. She also writes for The Conversation and is regularly interviewed by ABC Radio.