Mrs Anne Louise Patel

MSc (Hons); Post Grad. Dip. Teaching (Sec).

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

Research Interests

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 statistical modelling competencies young students’ use when creating, testing and using probability real-world data. This study will identify competencies using Model Eliciting Activities with follow up tasks to both expose then 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)

  • Patel, A., & Pfannkuch, M. (2018). Scaffolding Year 8 students’ statistical modelling reasoning using Follow Up Tasks to a Model Eliciting Activity. In M. A. Sorto, A. White, L. Guyot (Eds.) Looking back, looking forward. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS10, July, 2018), Kyoto, Japan Kyoto, Japan: IASE. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Maxine Pfannkuch
  • 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

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 3, Room 320
New Zealand