Mrs Katherin Cartwright

MEd(Research) (USYD); BEd (UNSW); PhD candidate; Unit Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor (sessional)

Telephone 61 2 93513767


Biographical details

Katherin is a first year PhD candidate researching in the area of mathematics teaching and learning in primary school years. Her focus is on teachers' understanding of mathematical fluency and the characterisitcs of fluency students display. Katherin is a primary school teacher and worked for the NSW Department of Education for 20 years. During the past four years she was the State Mathematics Advisor K-6 for the department. Katherin holds a Master of Education (research) degree and a Bachelor of Education degree. Katherin has a particular interest in researching mathematics for primary teachers that will have a future impact on classroom practice.

Research interests

Primary Education, Primary Mathematics, Fluency, Mathematical Proficiency, Teacher Education.

Teaching and supervision

EDMT5683 Primary Mathematics 1 - Tutor

EDUP3004 Mathematics Educaiton 2 - Tutor, Sessional Lecturer

EDUP2005 Early Number - Unit Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor

Thesis work

Thesis title: Teachers' noticing of mathematical fluency in the primary classroom

Supervisors: Jennifer WAY , Janette BOBIS

Thesis abstract:

For students to be successful in mathematics they need to develop fluency alongside knowledge, skills and understanding. Students may develop fluency with procedural knowledge but lack the understanding of how to be fluent in applying the knowledge and skills in different situations. This research study will focus on investigating characteristics of mathematical fluency that students display in primary classrooms. The study will explore what characteristics are commonly noticed by teachers in students and identify any characteristics teachers believe are important but may not be evident. Observations will be undertaken of students during individual and group work scenarios, as well as analysis of student work samples to identify characteristics teachers view as evidence of mathematical fluency. These findings will hopefully assist teachers in identifying aspects of mathematical fluency students are having success with, and pinpoint aspects that require further development.

Current projects

  • Exploring mathematical fluency in the primary classroom
  • Research in Mathematics Education in Australasia (RiMEA) four-year review 2016-2019, editoral team member.


Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)

Mathematical Association of NSW (MANSW), executive member

Primary and Middle Years (PAM) committee, executive member

Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)

Awards and honours

The University of Sydney Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship, 2018.

Teachers’ Guild of New South Wales Research Teachers Mutual Bank Award, 2017.

The Sydney Research Excellence Initiative (SREI) Scholarship, 2017.

The University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) fund, 2017.

The Mathematical Association of NSW (MANSW) Bob Dengate Prize, 2016.

Conference presentations:

Teachers' conceptions of mathematical fluency, short communication at MERGA40 (Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia annual conference), July 2017.

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