Pamela Perger

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Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 9756


Physical Address:
Room AR212
School of Education
AUT North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote,
Auckland, 0627

Postal Address:
School of Education, AUT North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142


Master in Education (Generic) – Auckland University
Diploma in Mathematics Education – University of Auckland
Trained Teachers Certificate – NZ Dept Education

Memberships and Affiliations:

Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)

Primary Mathematics Association (PMA)

Teaching Areas:

Primary School Education
Pre-Service Teacher Education
Self-Regulation (in learning)
Student’s voice in learning
Use of Children’s Literature in supporting learning

Research Summary:

Coming from a teaching background I have an interest in students learning. This has led to exploring what mathematical knowledge Pasifika children bring when first entering primary school, Year 7/8 student’s perceptions of what makes someone successful in learning mathematics and researching the mathematical knowledge pre-service teachers bring to their first-year undergraduate course. I have a strong interest in students voice, identifying what they consider important and comparing this with what they do, then challenging them to account for any differences. I  also have a strong interest in the use of children’s literature in supporting learning across all NZC learning areas at both early childhood and primary / intermediate levels.

Current Research Projects:

Scaffolding students to enact self-identified learning strategies in mathematics  (PhD topic)

Children’s Literature in supporting mathematical learning



Perger, P., & Major, K. (2018). Counting in children's picture books: Digging deeper. Teachers and Curriculum, 18(1), 27-32. Retrieved from Perger, P., Trinick, R., & Major, K. (2018). Adding To Not Taking Away: Mathematics and Music in the Primary Classroom. Teachers and Curriculum, 18(1), 19-25.  Retrieved from

Perger, P. (2017). The power of a book to stimulate mathematical thinking. The First Years : New Zealand Journal of Infant and Toddler Education = Ngā tau tuatahi, 19(2), 28-31.

Trinick, R., Ledger, G., Major, K., & Perger, P. (2016). More than counting beats: Connecting music and mathematics in the primary classrooms. International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 17(3), 18 pages. Retrieved from

Perger, P. (2016). Comparing first-year pre-service teachers student mathematics grades with their entry level qualifications - What does it tell us? In Conference proceedings - TEFANZ conference and AGM 2016 (pp. 17-18). Dunedin, New Zealand.

Perger, P., Sharrem, G., & Timmins, K. (2015). Making maths mates: Peer tutoring in mathematics. In R. Averill (Ed.), Mathematics and statistics in the middle years: Evidence and practice (pp. 35-50). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press. Retrieved from

Perger, P., & Timmins, K. (2015). Student’s perceptions of a good teacher. In K. Beswick, T. Muir, & J. Fielding-Wells (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Vol 4 (pp. 8 pages). Hobart, Australia: University of Tasmania.

Lee, K., Perger, P., Dunn, M., & O'Sullivan, J. (2014). How do you know if it is any good? The development and application of an evaluative framework to assess contemporary children’s books. In V. C. X. Wang (Ed.), Handbook of research on education and technology in a changing society (pp. 1-15). Hershey: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-6046-5.ch001

Major, K., & Perger, P. (2014). Personal number sense and New Zealand pre-service teachers. In J. Anderson, M. Cavanagh, & A. Prescott (Eds.), Curriculum in focus: Research guided practice: Proceedings of the 37th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 710-713). Sydney, Australia. Perger, P. (2013). What they say, what they do: Understanding student’s perceptions. International Journal of Mathematics Teaching and Learning. 11pages. Retrieved from

Perger, P. (2012). Identifying mathematics in children's literature: Year 7 students' results. Curriculum & Leadership Journal, 10 (14). Retrieved from

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