Researcher biography

Key research areas: Inquiry-based teaching practices in mathematics education; Statistical reasoning and informal inference;

Dr Katie Makar is an associate professor in mathematics education at the University of Queensland. She is known internationally for her work on informal inference and statistical reasoning of primary school children and is co-Director of the International Collaboration for Research on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking and Literacy. She has won multiple awards for her class-room based research and led 4 nationally funded research projects that focused on teaching of mathematics and statistics through inquiry. Her longitudinal research on teachers' adoption of inquiry-based pedagogies in mathematics followed teachers over several years as they developed confidence over time. Katie has led consulting projects for Education Queensland, the Australian Academy of Science and Amplify Learning (New York) that developed inquiry-based curriculum materials in mathematics and statistics for primary and middle years. A hallmark of her work is her close collaboration with several teachers, who have presented with her around the world. Previously, she taught secondary mathematics for fifteen years in the US and Asia before finishing her PhD in 2004.

Featured projects Duration
Mathematical Inquiry
Australian Research Council
Inquiry Teaching in Mathematics: Accelerating the process of change
ARC Linkage Project