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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Sharyn Livy is a lecturer of mathematics education in the Faculty of Education.

Sharyn's PhD thesis, Development and Contributing Factors in Primary Pre-Service Teachers' Mathematical Content Knowledge was awarded in 2014. The study investigated the mathematical content knowledge prospective teachers developed and used during their four-year university teacher preparation program and factors that enhanced this knowledge for teaching primary mathematics. 

Before joining Monash University in 2015, Sharyn was a numeracy consultant with the Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV). This role included, delivery of professional learning experiences for primary and secondary mathematics teachers, demonstration lessons as well as mentoring teachers, numeracy coaches and primary mathematics specialists, providing professional support for mathematics teachers and industry partners including the Australian Association of Mathematics. Sharyn also has experience as a primary school teacher.

Sharyn’s research interests are closely linked with teaching in supporting primary pre-service teachers (and teachers) to extend their knowledge for mathematics teaching, including ways to improve pre-service teachers’ university experiences. In 2017 Sharyn received an award from the Australian Teacher Education Association, related to her work with pre-service teachers and co-teaching with primary teachers. Other research interests include implementation of sequences of challenging tasks; geometric reasoning; and engaging children with mathematics through picture story books. Sharyn is also a co-author of Engaging with mathematics through picture books (Muir, Livy et al., 2017), a mathematics resource book for early years’ teachers.

 

Memberships:

 Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)

 Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA)

 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

 Mathematics Association of Victoria (MAV)

 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)

 Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME)

Research interests

  • primary mathematics teaching and learning
  • geometry and geometric reasoning
  • teacher leaders of mathematics
  • student engagement
  • children's literature and maths

External positions

Treasurer, Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)

1 Jan 20191 Jan 2022

Research area keywords

  • teacher knowledge
  • mathematical content knowledge
  • geometry
  • coaching
  • primary
  • mathematics
  • numeracy
  • literature
  • teacher
  • pre-service teacher
  • mentoring
  • engaging
  • early years
  • middle years
  • rich tasks
  • challenging tasks
  • problem solving
  • multiplicative thinking
  • Australian Curriculum Mathematics
  • proportional reasoning
  • geometric thinking
  • coding
  • computer technology
  • teaching mathematics
  • pedagogical content knowledge
  • algebra
  • differentiation
  • number
  • angles
  • technology
  • place value
  • ratio
  • number sense
  • lesson plans
  • online
  • pre-service teachers
  • primary mathematics specialists
  • chance and data

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Projects

Research Output

Advancing our understanding of initial teacher education through research

Way, J., Cavanagh, M., Ell, F., Livy, S. & McMaster, H., 2020, Research in Mathematics Education in Australasia 2016-2019. Way, J., Attard, C., Anderson, J., Bobis, J. & Cartwright, K. (eds.). 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer, p. 91-115 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

Elementary teachers’ beliefs on the role of struggle in the mathematics classroom

Russo, J., Bobis, J., Downton, A., Hughes, S., Livy, S., McCormick, M. & Sullivan, P., Jun 2020, In : Journal of Mathematical Behavior. 58, 11 p., 100774.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Exploring the relationship between teacher enjoyment of mathematics, their attitudes towards student struggle and instructional time amongst early years primary teachers

Russo, J., Bobis, J., Sullivan, P., Downton, A., Livy, S., McCormick, M. & Hughes, S., Feb 2020, In : Teaching and Teacher Education. 88, 9 p., 102983.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Achieving growth through capitalising on students' mathematical data

Muir, T. & Livy, S., 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Changing teacher practices while teaching with challenging tasks

Bobis, J., Downton, A., Hughes, S., Livy, S., McCormick, M., Russo, J. & Sullivan, P., 2019, Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Graven, M., Venkat, H., Essien, A. A. & Vale, P. (eds.). 1st ed. Pretoria South Africa: International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Vol. 2. p. 105-112 8 p.

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

Prizes

Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA): Teacher education partnership grant

Livy, Sharyn (Recipient) & Johnson Alagappan (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Early Career Research Faculty of Education: Peer Recognition Award

Livy, Sharyn (Recipient), 11 Nov 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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Activities

  • 2 Editorial responsibility

Mathematics Teacher Education and Development (Journal)

Tracey Muir (Guest editor), , Leicha A Bragg (Guest editor), & Sharyn Livy (Guest editor)

Nov 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (Event)

Ann Patricia Downton (Associate editor), , Sharyn Livy (Associate editor), & Jennifer Hall (Associate editor)

2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility