Mrs Pamela Perger

MEd, DipMathEd, DipTchg


I am currently a mathematics education lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, at the Faculty of Education. My role is that of teacher researcher. This involves working with preservice students in both early childhood and primary courses. Prior to this I have taught children working at all levels of the primary school (New Entrants – Year Six) including three years as Associate Principal with responsibility for the Junior School. She has taught in a variety of schools with most of her teaching being in multi ethnic settings. She has lectured in both the Mathematics and Language departments at the Faculty of Education.

Pamela currently lectures both primary and early childhood mathematics education courses. Her Masters in Education thesis focused on Year 7 and 8 Pasifika students’ perceptions of ‘best practice’ in learning mathematics. Her research interests involve students’ voice in mathematics education and the use of children’s literature to teach mathematics.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Perger, P. (2016). Comparing first-year pre-service teachers student mathematics grades with their entry level qualifications - What does it tell us?. Paper presented at Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand: How best to educate a nation's teachers? Debating quality teacher education for today and the future, University of Otago College of Education, Dunedin, New Zealand. 30 June - 1 July 2016. Conference proceedings - TEFANZ conference and AGM 2016.
  • Trinick, R., Ledger, G., Major, K. L., & Perger, P. (2016). More than counting beats: connecting music and mathematics in the Primary Classrooms. International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 17 (3) Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Major, Robyn Trinick
  • 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: NZCER Press. Related URL.
  • Perger, P., & Timmins, K. (2015). Students' perceptions of a good teacher. In K. Beswick, T. Muir, J. Wells (Eds.) 39th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME 39), 4, 1-8. Hobart, Australia: University of Tasmania.
  • Major, K., & Perger, P. (2014). Personal Number Sense and New Zealand Pre-Service Teachers. The 37th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Sydney Australia. Related URL.
  • 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. Florida, USA: IGI Global. 10.4018/978-1-4666-6046-5.ch001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kerry Lee
  • Perger, P. (2013). What they say, what they do: Understanding student’s perceptions. International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning Related URL.
  • Perger, P. (2012). Identifying mathematics in children's literature: Year 7 students' results. Curriculum & Leadership Journal, 10 (14). Related URL.

Contact details

Primary location

Level 2, Room 206
New Zealand