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Associate Professor Jodie Hunter

Associate Professor

Institute of Education

I have broad research interests in Pasifika education and the teaching and learning of mathematics. Both in the UK and in New Zealand I have been involved in collaborative work with teachers and students across the country to facilitate change in their mathematics classrooms. My previous research while working at Plymouth University included a strong focus on developing early algebraic reasoning in primary classrooms. This included a focus on teacher professional development, classroom and mathematical practices, and student perspectives. Since my return to New Zealand I have a growing interest in the development of culturally responsive teaching for Pasifika students in the mathematics classroom. Central to this area is the need to consider the cultural, linguistic and social contexts of Pasifika students and to develop stronger home/community and school partnerships.

Jodie Hunter is a lecturer in the Institute of Education and teaches papers in the area of Mathematics Education and Pasifika education. She has previously worked in the area of mathematics education at Plymouth University, UK in the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include effective mathematics teaching and culturally responsive teaching for Pasifika learners.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 414 0800 ext 43518
    Location: Atrium Building
    Campus: Auckland

Prizes and Awards

  • Massey University Defining Excellence Early Career Researcher award. - Massey University (2016)
  • Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Research Team Award - Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (2018)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Mathematics education, Pasifika education, Equity and diversity, Early Algebra, Student perspectives, Professional development, Culturally responsive teaching


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000): Education Systems (130100): Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208): Pacific Peoples Education (130311): Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)


Mathematics education, Pasifika education

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 6

Current Projects

Project Title: Rutherford Discovery Fellowship: Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities: Using a strength based approach to provide equitable opportunities to learn mathematics for diverse learners

Date Range: 2020 - 2025

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Project Title: Exploration of Pasifika funds of knowledge in Mathematics

Date Range: 2020 - 2023

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 2 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Kim Hailwood - Doctor of Philosophy
    Parental involvement/engagement in New Zealand children’s education

Co-supervisor of:

  • Mary Rahiti - Doctor of Philosophy
    Optimal practices for effective school leadership in implementing evidence based projects
  • Geny Leach - Doctor of Philosophy
    Students' positioning and status in primary school mathematics classrooms

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Fatimah Ibrahim K Alsaleh - Doctor of Philosophy
    Preparedness to teach: The perspective of Saudi female pre-service mathematics teachers

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