Congratulations to Professor Roberta Hunter and a prestigious international team of editors on the publication of Mathematical Discourse that Breaks Barriers and Creates Spaces for Marginalized Learners. The intention of the book is to “support mathematics education research, teacher educators, teachers and policy makings in providing positive solutions to the enduring challenge in mathematics education of enabling all participants including diverse students to equably access mathematical discourse”. Drawing on a range of research perspectives, the chapters offer the reader practical stories of equitable practices for diverse learners within a range of contexts.
CeRME extends our warmest congratulations to Professor Roberta (Bobbie) Hunter. Bobbie’s promotion to Professor recognises her outstanding contribution to mathematics education in New Zealand and internationally. Bobbie’s leadership in the development of Developing Mathematics Inquiry Communities (DMIC) reflects a sustained research agenda focused on equity and culturally responsive mathematics pedagogy. Working across more than 50 primary schools, the majority of which are high poverty schools, and providing consultation for several education programmes internationally, the impact of the DMIC has been powerful and extensive.
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Professor Margaret Walshaw was awarded the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Award for Supervision on Monday 24 July. She was presented with her award by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Paul Spoonley at a ceremony, held in the Sir Geoffrey Peren Building, to recognise her distinguished record in supervising doctoral and master’s students. A large number of guests attended the ceremony.
Many congratulations to Dr Cami Sawyer (second from right), one of two Massey University Teaching Excellence Awards. Dr Sawyer, an associate member of CeRME, is a staff member in the Institute of Fundamental Sciences on the Manawatu campus. Previously Cami worked in the College of Education and was a local secondary teacher.
In presenting the awards, Professor Byrnes commented on Dr Sawyer’s enthusiastic approaching to teaching, noting her tutorial videos were widely appreciated by students. “Dr Sawyer’s desire to give students the best learning experience is reflected in her sustained commitment to continued development.
Many congratulations to Dr Jodie Hunter who was presented with the Massey University Early Career Award at the gala dinner in Auckland. Jodie’s research work in early algebra, and her work with the development of innovative teaching and effective pedagogy within the Developing Mathematics Inquiry Communities project accompanied with research on teacher learning and professional development was noted in her citation. Jodie has contributed to four projects that have received external funding totaling more than $2 million in recent years—most notably being a co-PI for the Developing Mathematics Inquiry Communities (Auckland, Porirua, Christchurch) funded at $1.35 million last year.
Videos capturing the excellent work arising from Hangaia te Urupounamu Pāngarau Mō Tātou Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities are now available at Improvement in Mathematics Education: Evidence in Action | Education Counts .The five videos feature: Cultural identity; the professional learning and development approach; voice and confidence; geometry tasks; resilience; and lifting expectations.