Dr Thorsten Scheiner

BSc, MEd, PhD


I am a lecturer at the University of Auckland. My research focuses on the complex dynamics involved in individuals' knowing, learning, and sense-making in mathematics as well as on the complex interdependencies between teacher knowing and teacher action. I teach undergraduate courses in mathematics as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics education. I received a BSc and MEd from the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, before doing a Joint PhD in Mathematics Education at the University of Hamburg, Germany, and Macquarie University, Australia. I am a recipient of the Research Excellence Scholarship of Macquarie University, the Klaus Murmann Fellowship of the Foundation of German Business, and the Studienkolleg Fellowship of the Foundation of German Business and the Robert Bosch Foundation. 

Research | Current

Downloadable electronic versions of selected publications can be found here.

Areas of expertise

Cognition & Learning 

Mathematics Education 

Teacher Education 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Scheiner, T., Montes, M. A., Godino, J. D., Carrillo, J., & Pino-Fan, L. R. (2017). What makes mathematics teacher knowledge specialized? Offering alternative views. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education10.1007/s10763-017-9859-6
  • Scheiner, T. (2017). Conception to concept or concept to conception? From being to becoming. In B. Kaur, W. K. Ho, T. L. Toh, B. H. Choy (Eds.) Proceedings of the 41st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 4, 145-152. Singapore.
  • Scheiner, T. (2016). Teacher noticing: Enlightening or blinding?. ZDM - Mathematics Education, 48 (1-2), 227-238. 10.1007/s11858-016-0771-2
  • Scheiner, T. (2016). New light on old horizon: Constructing mathematical concepts, underlying abstraction processes, and sense making strategies. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 91 (2), 165-183. 10.1007/s10649-015-9665-4
  • Scheiner, T., & Pinto, M. M. F. (2016). Images of abstraction in mathematics education: contradictions, controversies, and convergences. In Csíkos C, A. Rausch, Szitányi J (Eds.) Proceedings of the 40th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 4, 155-162. Szeged, Hungary: PME.

Contact details

Office hours

Monday 3.00-4.00 pm

Wednesday 3.00-4.00 pm

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 1, Room 156
New Zealand