Mrs Anna Fergusson
BSc (Operations Research), BMus (History & Literature), Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), MProfStuds (Mathematics Education)
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
New Zealand Statistical Association Education Committee