Why? There is currently an opportunity to bring together people around the country who are interested in this broad field of research. Some supporters of this SIG are also active members of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA), and the SIG will co-ordinate its activities with those of MERGA so that they are complementary, rather than competing.

How? Through this SIG, discussions about mathematics and statistics / pāngarau education research projects, policy initiatives and debates, and changes in the international landscape can take place. The SIG will promote the importance of mathematics and statistics / pāngarau education and take an advocacy role to help research to influence policy and practice.

The SIG’s co-convenors, with help from members, will:

  • organise SIG events
  • co-ordinate the review of SIG-related abstracts for NZARE conference
  • facilitate communication with and between SIG members, e.g., via emails, the NZARE newsletter, and NZARE facebook page
  • lead the SIG’s AGM at conference.

What? The mathematics and statistics / pāngarau education special interest group aims to foster, support, participate in, and disseminate high quality research in areas relevant to mathematics education across all levels in Aotearoa. The SIG is to include researchers, postgraduate students and emerging researchers, teachers, educators, and policy makers working in the broader educational sector with an interest in mathematics and statistics / pāngarau education research.

Research of interest to this SIG will include themes such as:

  • Mathematics content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge
  • Affective aspects of learning mathematics
  • Culturally-sustaining pedagogy for Māori in mathematics
  • Mathematics curriculum and assessment
  • Teacher learning
  • Links between policy and practice.

Initial hui

This new SIG held its first hui in Wellington on 18 February 2019. The gathering of 26 from around the country included Fiona Ell (University of Auckland) who presented some thought-provoking ideas in “Hunting for treasure through mathematics education research”.

Notes from the meeting are available here


2022 /2023 Co-convenors


Lisa Darragh 

Auckland University 



David Pomeroy 

University of Canterbury



Raewyn Eden 

Massey University