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Having completed his PhD in 2017, James is interested in a wide range of research topics within primary mathematics education including:

- The role of challenging tasks, games and children’s literature as pedagogical approaches to support mathematics instruction, and how these tools are actually utilised in classrooms.

- Teacher and student emotional responses in the primary mathematics classroom, and how these responses are related to particular pedagogical approaches.

- Better understanding the relationship between classroom practice and academic research.

- The learning and teaching of mental computation and estimation, particularly in the early years of schooling.


In addition, James writes regularly for a range of teacher practitioner journals and is currently editor of the Mathematics Association of Victoria primary teaching journal, Prime Number. James continues to spend some of his week team-teaching in a primary classroom, using this opportunity both as a space to develop and test teaching ideas and to stimulate thinking about his research.


  • Mathematics Education
  • Maths Education
  • Challenging Tasks
  • Primary Education
  • Games
  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Research
  • Teacher Emotions
  • Teacher Attitudes
  • Teacher Beliefs
  • Student Emotions
  • Student Engagement
  • Research and Practice
  • Estimation
  • Mental Computation
  • Number Sense
  • Early Childhood Education

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2006 2019

Teachers’ perceptions of students when observing lessons involving challenging tasks

Russo, J. & Hopkins, S., Apr 2019, In : International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. 17, 4, p. 759-779 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Teaching primary mathematics with challenging tasks: how should lessons be structured?

Russo, J. & Hopkins, S., 2019, In : Journal of Educational Research. 112, 1, p. 98-109 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Teaching with challenging tasks in the first years of school: what are the obstacles and how can teachers overcome them?

Russo, J., Bobis, J., Downton, A., Hughes, S., Livy, S., McCormick, M. & Sullivan, P., Mar 2019, In : Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom. 24, 1, p. 11-18 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Curriculum documentation and the development of effective sequences of learning experiences

Bobis, J., Downton, A., Hughes, S., Livy, S., McCormick, M., Russo, J. & Sullivan, P., 2018, ICMI Study 24 Conference Proceedings: School Mathematics Curriculum Reforms: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities. Shimizu, Y. & Vithal, R. (eds.). Berlin Germany: International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), p. 499-506 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

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