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Dr Sharyn Livy is a Senior Lecturer of mathematics education in the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Her research interests are closely linked with teaching in supporting primary pre-service teachers and teachers to extend their knowledge for mathematics teaching. Other research interests include implementation of sequences of challenging tasks; geometric reasoning; and engaging children with mathematics through picture story books.

Sharyn is currently working on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project with colleagues to provide mathematics leaders and teachers with strategies and tools to improve student learning in the early years.

Prior to working at Monash University Sharyn was a numeracy consultant with the Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV), working in leadership and contracted professional support for mathematics teachers and industry partners, including the Department of Education Victoria, Catholic Education Melbourne, Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, and Australian Department of Education and Training. These partnerships provided the foundation at Monash University for building current opportunities including high quality contracted research and external funding.

Recent contributions and leadership to the broader mathematical education community includes treasurer and executive member of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) (2018-2020).


 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 2021

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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