Mrs Malia Salote Puloka
BSc UNSW., MEd AUT. (Dist), DipEd (Secondary) Tonga, MSc, PGDipSci
Malia joined the Department of Statistics in April 2018 as a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Stephanie Budgett and Associate Professor Maxine Pfannkuch. She is also employed by the Department of Mathematics as a Professional Teaching Fellow offering tutorials to Maori and Pasifika students and coordinating the Tuākana maths programme. Prior to working at the university Malia was a secondary school mathematics and statistics teacher. She started her teaching career in Tonga, where she is originally from, before emigrating to New Zealand to continue teaching for a further ten years in secondary schools.
Research | CurrentMalia’s research will focus on building Year 10 students’ data modelling capabilities with categorical data. The proposed research intends to design a learning trajectory consisting of innovative learning and assessment tasks and technology in order to enable students to build their reasoning skills about categorical data. Her research aims to understand how to scaffold students from their prior conceptions towards more sophisticated conceptions of reasoning about two-dimensional categorical data. The research builds on Malia’s master’s research, which involved trialling a computer-based prototype tool, an eikosogram, on senior secondary students. Her research found that students could not pose investigative questions from categorical data and could not answer their questions using the eikosogram. Students’ proportional reasoning was also an issue.
Teaching | Current
Malia is a mathematics tutor to Maori and Pasifika undergraduate maths students, teaches Tertiary Foundation Mathematics part time and also coordinates the Tuākana maths programme.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Puloka, M. S., & Pfannkuch, M. (2018). Year 13 students’ reasoning from an eikosogram: an exploratory study. 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
- Puloka, M. S. (2016). Exploring Year 13 students’ probabilistic reasoning from an eikosogram The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.