Mrs Anna Fergusson

BSc (Operations Research), BMus (History & Literature), Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), MProfStuds (Mathematics Education)

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Professional Teaching Fellow
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Anna joined the statistics department at the start of 2015 as a Professional Teaching Fellow. Before joining the department, she was Director of Mathematics and Statistics at Avondale College. Anna has a Master of Professional Studies (Mathematics Education) with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland. She is currently studying towards a PhD in Statistics Education, under the supervision of Maxine Pfannkuch, Chris Wild and Stephanie Budgett.

Anna is interested in Statistics Education, in particular curriculum and assessment design, and enjoys facilitating workshops to support professional development of statistics teachers. She has worked with the New Zealand Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority on the development of national assessment standards, tasks and teaching resources for statistics. Anna also runs a blog for statistics teachers: Teaching statistics is awesome

Research | Current

My MProfStuds (Mathematics Education) explored how teachers use informal tests to determine the fit of a probability distribution model. I developed a new informal test for the fit of a probability distribution model that incorporates sample size and the expected variation of sample proportions within my simulation-based modelling visualisation tool.

My PhD research aims to find accessible ways to introduce students to the modern art and science of learning from data. This will including building data science capabilities within the New Zealand Curriculum for Statistics.

Teaching | Current

STATS100 Functioning in Statistics

STATS101/101G/108 Introduction to Statistics

STATS150 Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics


Mathematics Education Technology Prize (University of Auckland, 2016)

Jim Campbell Award for Excellence in Teaching (New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers, 2013)

Areas of expertise

Statistics education

Committees/Professional groups/Services

New Zealand Statistical Association Education Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Fergusson, A. G. (2017). Informally testing the fit of a probability distribution model The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.


Contact details

Alternative contact

extn: 88434

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 322
New Zealand

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