Mrs Anne Patel
MSc (Hons); Post Grad. Dip. Teaching (Sec).
Research | Current
My interests include all aspects of mathematics and statistics education but in research, I mostly focus on:
(i) the relationships between task design, technology and inferential reasoning
(ii) integrating digital technologies in the teaching of statistics and probability
(iii) exploratory data analysis and visualization of data
(iv) educational use of probability models and modelling
(v) design research for developing informal inference and estimation
(vi) student understandings of variation and perceptions of random processes
My MSc looked at what competencies high school students used in a non-mathematics classroom when using data to inform their understandings and recommendations about an authentic situation. As a secondary mathematics teacher my students and my own understandings, beliefs and reasoning are constantly being tested and challenged by educational tasks designed to elicit thinking that improves understanding of concepts and how mathematical and statistical concepts interrelate and impact on the world around us.
My PhD research aims to identify probability modelling competencies young students’ use when creating, testing and using probability models of real world data. This study will identify competencies using Model Eliciting Activities with follow up questions to both expose and refine thinking about concept development for probability and informal inferential thinking.
My research has been supported by members of the MEU at Auckland University and my colleagues at Auckland secondary schools.
Teaching | Current
Secondary Mathematics and Statistics teacher
Education advisor CensusAtSchool
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Yoon, C., Blundell, A. L., & Paterson, J. E. (2008). Visualising calculus: A model-eliciting activity. University of Auckland. Auckland Mathematics Association: Mathematics Day.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Caroline Yoon