Kerri Spooner

Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader Certificate of Science and Technology

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Extn 5613

Email: kspooner@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (D-75)
AUT University
AUT Tower, 2-14 Wakefield Street
Auckland, 1010 

Qualifications:

  • Masters Of Science (Mathematics)
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching
  • Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry and Pharmacology)
  • Full New Zealand Teachers registration

Memberships and Affiliations:

Biography:

Kerri Spooner is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. She has 20 years' experience in teaching secondary school mathematics and currently is the Certificate programme leader for the School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences Certificate of Science and Technology.

Her Masters (2013) was in genuine mathematical modelling for the classroom and she is currently doing a PhD in the teaching and learning of mathematical modelling at tertiary level. She is a recipient of two New Zealand Royal Society Teacher Fellowships (2000 and 2011) and a Post Primary Teachers Association study award (2011).

She currently serves on the Auckland Mathematical Association Executive.  Her main interests are in innovative, engaging and effective teaching, mathematics education, applied mathematics, transition from secondary to tertiary education.

Teaching Areas:

  • Undergraduate Mathematics (Calculus, Algebra, Statistics, Mathematical Modelling)
  • Foundation Mathematics (Calculus, Algebra, Statistics)
  • Secondary school Mathematics

Research Areas:

  • Mathematics Education
  • Mathematical Modelling Education
  • Effective pedagogy
  • Transition from secondary to tertiary education

Research Summary:

Kerri’s research interests are students transitioning from secondary to tertiary, mathematics education and the teaching and learning of mathematical modelling.
She comes from a string teaching background. She was responsible for conducting a major analysis of the effectiveness of the  AUT’s Certificate of Science and Technology as an access and equity vehicle for second chance STEM learners.

In 2015 she commenced a PhD in the area of teaching and learning mathematical modelling (to be submitted in 2019). Publications to date have been drawing on postgraduate studies, supervisions, observations and reflective practice. Her first publication presents preliminary results for the potential of secondary school students to undertake a holistic approach to mathematical modelling. The most recent publication looks at student difficulties and perspectives with Applied Mathematics versus pure mathematics. 

Current Research Projects:

Her PhD is in the area of teaching and learning mathematical modelling.

Publications:

Klymchuk S, Spooner K (2018).
University students’ preferences for application problems and pure mathematics questions
Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, hry014, https://doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hry014

Spooner, K. (2018). Student Learning Processes for Mathematical Modelling – An Engineering Lecturer’s Viewpoint. InProceedings 2016 Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (Latice 2018).  Auckland.

Spooner K. (2017). Authentic mathematical modelling experiences of upper secondary school: A case study In G. Stillman, W. Blum & G. Kaiser (Eds.) Mathematical modelling and its applications. Crossing and researching boundaries in mathematics education. (pp. 627-638). Switerland: Springer International Publishing.
 
Klymchuk S, Spooner K. (2017). Application problems vs pure mathematics questions: Students’ perspectives International Conference Mathematics Education Beyond 16: Pathways and Transitions, Birmingham, UK, 10 Jul 2017 - 12 Jul 2017. Online proceedings of the international conference Mathematics Education beyond 16: Pathways and Transitions. 10 pages.

Spooner K, Clear T. (2016). A foundation programme preparing students for future study in computing and engineering degrees Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTICE 2016), Mumbai, India, 31 Mar 2016 - 03 Apr 2016. Proceedings 2016 Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTICE 2016). IEEE. 66-70. 2016

Spooner K, Wendt A (2015). Correlation between achievement in the certificate and achievement in subsequent degrees
Correlation between achievement in the certificate and achievement in subsequent degrees. 20 May 2015.
Internal Auckland University of Technology Report

Spooner K. (2014). Preliminaries for a first year course on Modelling. The Future of Mathematics Education in a Connected World, Herceg Novi, Montenegro, 21 Sep 2014 - 26 Sep 2014. Proceedings Editors: Rogerson A. Proceedings of The Future of Mathematics Education in a Connected World Conference.
http://directorymathsed.net/montenegro/
6 pages. 21 Sep 2014

Spooner K. (2013). A glimpse of reality Master's Thesis. Supervisor: Barton B. Auckland University, 2013)

Spooner K.  (2000). The Case for Mathematical Group Work
Postgraduate Dissertation. Supervisor: Thomas, M. Auckland University, 01 Dec 2000

Awards:

2013        
Auckland University of Technology Excellence in Teaching Award

2011                          
Royal Society Teacher Fellowship

2011        
PPTA study award

2000    
Royal Society Teacher Fellowship