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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.



 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


  • 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 2017 2019

Research Output 2010 2018

Bringing the profession into university classrooms: narratives of learning from co-teaching primary mathematics

Livy, S., Alagappan, J., Muir, T. & Downton, A., 2018, Re-imagining Professional Experience in Initial Teacher Education: Narratives of Learning. Fitzgerald, A., Parr, G. & Williams, J. (eds.). 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer, p. 143-161 19 p.

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

Challenging tasks lead to productive struggle!

Livy, S., Muir, T. & Sullivan, P., 2018, In : Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom. 23, 1, p. 14-19 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Children's literature in the mathematics classroom: a flexible approach to practice

Bragg, L. A., Attard, C., Muir, T. & Livy, S., 2018, ICMI-EARCOME8 - Taipei, Taiwan, May 7-11, 2018: Proceedings of the 8th ICMI-East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education. Hsieh, F-J. (ed.). Taipei Taipei: East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education, Vol. 1. p. 267-276 10 p.

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

Open Access

Exploring experiences for assisting primary pre-service teachers to extend their knowledge of student strategies and reasoning

Livy, S. & Downton, A., Sep 2018, In : Journal of Mathematical Behavior. 51, p. 150-160 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


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

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2017 2018

  • 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)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility