Dr Derek Hurrell


PhD
Senior Lecturer, Co-ordinator of the Bachelor of Education (Conversion)

Email: Derek.Hurrell@nd.edu.au
Phone: 9433 0181

  • Biography

    Derek’s passion is in engaging Notre Dame students in the teaching and learning of mathematics, and supporting the excellent work that teachers are doing in schools. To these ends he is involved in the delivery of professional learning in schools and is a regular invited presenter at both state and national conferences.

    He is published in the field of Mathematics Education and received his PhD for his thesis entitled “Effectiveness of Teacher Professional Learning: Enhancing the Teaching of Fractions in Primary Schools.”

    Prior to joining Notre Dame, Derek has had long experience with education in a number of schools and in a number of roles. He has also had experience working with students who are Gifted and Talented as coordinator of a Primary Extension and Academic Challenge Centre (PEAC), and as a Numeracy Consultant for the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA), as well as working with students for whom English is a Foreign Language (EFL).

  • Teaching areas

    Mathematics Education - Master of Teaching (Primary), Bachelor of Education (Primary and Early Childhood and Care)

  • Research expertise and supervision

    Research interests are in the area of rational numbers, multiplicative thinking, Principals as STEM leaders and what constitutes mathematical knowledge for teaching.

    Currently supervising five (5) higher degree students – 3 Doctoral students and 2 Master’s students.

    HDR completions
    O’Neill, J. (M. Phil, 2018). Western Australian teachers’ perceptions of effective secondary mathematics teaching through the lens of the ‘actions’ of mathematics – the proficiency strands.
    In progress
    Cranley, L. (M. Phil, 2018). An investigation into the impact of high-stakes testing on the teaching and learning of mathematics in one primary school

    Research Projects
    Principals as STEM Leaders. National Project (2018-2020)
    Best Practice in Mathemtics Education National Project (2016-2017)
    AISWA Fractions Project (2015-2016)
    Children Thinking Multiplicatively (2014-2019)
    AISWA Algebra Project (2013-2014)

  • Books

    Hurrell, D., & Day, L. (2018). Developing a conceptual understanding of fractions. WA: A-Z Type.

  • Book chapters

    Hurrell, D., & Day, L. (2015). Visiting teachers’ perspectives about working with teaching assistants and teachers. In D.J. Chambers (ed.). Working with Teaching Assistants and other Support Staff for Inclusive Education. Emerald.

  • Publications

    • Hurrell, D. (2018) I'm proud to be a toy teacher: Using CRA to become an even more effective teacher. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 23, (2), 32-36
    • Hurst, C. & Hurrell, D. (2017). Where we were…where we are heading: One multiplicative journey. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom. 22 (3), 26-32
    • Hurrell, D. (2017). Is it time to start reconsidering the teaching of time? Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom. 22 (3), 33-37
    • Geiger, V., Anderson, J., & Hurrell, D. (2017). A case study of effective practice in mathematics teaching and learning informed by Valsiner’s zone theory. Mathematics Education Research Journal, 29(2), 143-161. doi:10.1007/s13394-017-0191-9
    • Hurrell, D. (2016). Mathematics classrooms – why are some fireworks and others just sparklers?. In W. Widjaja, E. Y. Loong, & L. Bragg (Eds.) Maths ExPlosion, the MAV 53rd Annual Conference Proceedings(pp. 44-51), 1-2 December 2016. Melbourne: Mathematical Association of Victoria.
    • Hurrell, D. & Hurst, C. (2016). Targeted tasks for taming multiplicative thinking. In W. Widjaja, E. Y. Loong, & L. Bragg (Eds.) Maths ExPlosion, the MAV 53rd Annual Conference Proceedings (pp. 52-58), 1-2 December 2016. Melbourne: Mathematical Association of Victoria.
    • Hurst, C. & Hurrell, D. (2016). Captain zero…hero or villain?. In W. Widjaja, E. Y. Loong, & L. Bragg (Eds.) Maths ExPlosion, the MAV 53rd Annual Conference Proceedings (pp. 59-64), 1-2 December 2016. Melbourne: Mathematical Association of Victoria.
    • Hurst, C., & Hurrell, D. (2016). Sliding into multiplicative thinking: The power of the ‘marvellous multiplier’. In B. White et al. (Eds.) Opening up mathematics education research, Proceedings of the 39th annual conference of The Mathematics Education research Group of Australasia, Adelaide, pp. 326 - 333: MERGA.
    • Hurst, C., & Hurrell, D. (2016). Addressing children’s multiplicative thinking. In B. White et al. (Eds.) Opening up mathematics education research, Proceedings of the 39th annual conference of The Mathematics Education research Group of Australasia, Adelaide, pp. 334-341: MERGA.
    • Day, L., & Hurrell, D. (2015). An explanation for the use of arrays to promote the understanding of mental strategies for multiplication. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 20 (1), 20-24
    • Hurrell, D., & Day, L. (2015). Learning environments that support the development of multiplicative thinking. In N. Davis, K. Manuel & T. Spencer (Eds), Mathematics: Learn, lead, link. Proceedings of the 25th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc. (pp. 64–70). Adelaide: AAMT.
    • Hurrell, D. (2015). Measurement: Five considerations to add even more impact to your program. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 20 (4), 14-19
    • Hurrell, D., & Hurst, C. (2015). Tasks and resources for developing children’s multiplicative thinking. In D. Martin et al. (Eds.) Back to the Future, Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Conference of The Mathematical Association of Victoria, pp. 163-171: MAV.
    • Hurst, C., & Hurrell, D. (2015). Investigating children’s multiplicative thinking. In D. Martin et al. (Eds.) Back to the Future, Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Conference of The Mathematical Association of Victoria, pp. 219-228: MAV.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2015). Developing proportional reasoning. In D. Martin et al. (Eds.) Back to the Future, Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Conference of The Mathematical Association of Victoria, pp. 89-98: MAV.
    • Hurrell, D., & Day, L. (2015). Visiting teachers’ perspectives about working with teaching assistants and teachers. In D.J. Chambers (ed.). Working with Teaching Assistants and other Support Staff for Inclusive Education. Emerald.
    • Hurst, C., & Hurrell, D. (2014). Developing the big ideas of number. International Journal of Educational Studies in Mathematics, 1(2), 1-18. Retrieved from http://www.ijesim.com/
    • Hurrell, D., & Swan, P. (2014). Nurturing number sense. In J. Vincent, G. FitzSimmons & J. Steinle (Eds), Maths Rocks. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Conference of the Mathematical Association of Victoria (pp. 76–83). Brunswick: MAV.
    • Hurrell, D., & Day, L. (2014). The importance of fractions in being a successful mathematics student. In J. Vincent, G. FitzSimmons & J. Steinle (Eds), Maths Rocks. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Conference of the Mathematical Association of Victoria (pp. 76–83). Brunswick: MAV.
    • Hurrell, D. (2013). Australian curriculum linked lessons. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 18 (3), 19-22.
    • Hurrell, Derek, "Effectiveness of teacher professional learning: enhancing the teaching of fractions in primary schools" (2013). Theses: Doctorates and Masters. Paper 596. http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/596
    • Hurrell, D. P. (2013). What Teachers Need to Know to Teach Mathematics: An argument for a reconceptualised model. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38(11). - http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol38/iss11/4/
    • Day, L. & Hurrell, D., (2013). Can professional learning improve teachers' confidence, attitudes and beliefs about algebra? Education Conference Papers. Paper 59. http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/edu_conference/59
    • Day, L. & Hurrell, D., (2013). The reasoning proficiency. Education Conference Papers. Paper 72. http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/edu_conference/72
    • Hurrell, D. (2012). Australian curriculum linked lessons. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 17 (1), 14-18.
    • Bridge, C., Day, L., & Hurrell, D. (2012). From routine to rich: Developing an algebraic reasoning task for a middle/upper primary class. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 17 (4), 8-12.
    • Day, L., & Hurrell, D. (2012). A teaching team: More than the sum of its parts. In Creating an inclusive learning environment: Engagement, equity, and retention. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 2-3 February 2012. Perth: Murdoch University. http://otl.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2012/refereed/day.html
    • Hurrell, D., & O'Neil, J. (2011). Australian curriculum linked lessons. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 16 (3), 14-17.
    • Hurrell, D. (2011). Australian curriculum linked lessons. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 16 (4), 13-16.
    • Hurrell, D. & Swan, P. (2010). Mathematical games: just trivial pursuits? Education Conference Papers. Paper 69. http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/edu_conference/69
  • Conference papers

    Recent Conference Presentations (2015-2019)

    Keynote Addresses

    • Hurrell, D. (2016). Teachers and students on the one page: How might we achieve this? Presented at the Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre Primary and Secondary Teachers’ Mathematics Conference. Melbourne, VIC.
    • Hurrell, D. (2016). Mathematics classrooms – Why are some fireworks and others just sparklers? Presented at the 53rd annual conference of the Mathematical Association of Victoria. Bundoora, VIC.

    Workshops and presentations

    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2019). Developing a mathematical reasoning culture in your school. Workshop presented at the Biennial Conference of The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers. Brisbane, QLD.
    • O’ Neill, J., Hurrell, D., & Day, L. (2019). Who understands the proficiency strands? Research paper presented at The Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference. Perth, WA: MERGA.
    • Whitney-Smith, R., Day, L., & Hurrell, D. (2019). Factors that influence teachers of years 7-10 mathematics adopting pedagogies that support students’ development of STEM capabilities and 21st century skills: An introduction. Research paper presented at The Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference. Perth, WA: MERGA.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2019). Developing a conceptual understanding of fractions. Workshop presented at MANSW Primary and Middle Years Conference. Bankstown: MANSW.
    • Hurrell, D. (2019). Geometric reasoning: – Reasoning through exploration – Years 4 – 9. Workshop presented at MANSW Primary and Middle Years Conference. Bankstown: MANSW.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2018). Process over product: It’s more than an equation. Workshop presented at the 55th annual conference of the Mathematical Association of Victoria. Bundoora, VIC.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2018). Process over product: It’s more than an equation. Workshop presented at the Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre Primary and Secondary Teachers’ Mathematics Conference. Melbourne, VIC.
    • Hurrell, D., & Day, L. (2018). Re-imagining mathematics education (RiME). Research paper presented at the Notre Dame Educator Scholar Conference. Fremantle, WA: UNDA.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2018). Developing a culture of mathematical reasoning in your school. Workshop presented at the Heads of Learning Area and Numeracy Coordinators’ Day. Perth, WA: MAWA.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L.  (2018). Process over product: It’s more than an equation. Workshop presented at the Primary and Secondary Conference of The Mathematical Association of Western Australia. Perth, WA.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2017). Accessing mathematical content through the proficiency strands. Workshop presented at UNDA School of Education 4th Biennial Conference. Fremantle: UNDA.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2017). Developing algebraic reasoning through generalisation. Workshop presented at UNDA School of Education 4th Biennial Conference. Fremantle: UNDA.
    • Hurrell, D. (2017). Multiplicative Thinking: The “Where’s Wally?” of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. . Workshop presented at MANSW Primary and Middle Years Conference. Bankstown, NSW.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2017). Accessing mathematical concepts through working mathematically. Workshop presented at MANSW Primary and Middle Years Conference. Bankstown, NSW.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2017). Process over product – It’s more than an equation. Workshop presented at the Hong Kong Education Research Association and World Education Research Association Conference. Shatin, Hong Kong.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2016). Professional learning as a vehicle to promote teachers’ confidence, attitudes and beliefs about algebra. In 13th International Congress on Mathematics Education Proceedings, 24-31 July 2016, Hamburg, Germany.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2016). Developing proportional reasoning. Workshop presented at the Mathematical Association of Western Australia Secondary Convention. Fremantle, WA.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2016). Accessing mathematical content through the proficiency strands. Workshop presented at the ACU Primary and Secondary Mathematics Conference. Melbourne, Victoria.
    • Hurrell, D. & Hurst, C. (2016). Captain Zero…hero or villain? Workshop presented at the 53rd annual conference of the Mathematical Association of Victoria. Bundoora, VIC.
    • Hurrell, D. & Hurst, C. (2016). Targeted tasks for taming multiplicative thinking. Workshop presented at the 53rd annual conference of the Mathematical Association of Victoria. Bundoora, VIC.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2016). Accessing mathematical content through the proficiency strands. Workshop presented at the Mathematical Association of Western Australia Combined Primary and Secondary Conference. East Perth, WA.
    • Hurrell, D. & Hurst, C. (2016). Assessing Children's Multiplicative Thinking. Research paper presented at The Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference. Adelaide, SA: MERGA.
    • Hurrell, D. & Hurst, C. (2016). Sliding into Multiplicative Thinking: The Power of the ‘Marvellous Multiplier’. Research paper presented at The Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Conference. Adelaide, SA: MERGA.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2015). Learning environments to support the development of multiplicative thinking. Workshop presented at the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Biennial Conference. Adelaide, SA.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2015). Designing rich assessment tasks. Workshop presented at ACU Primary and Secondary Mathematics Conference. Melbourne, Victoria.
    • Hurrell, D. & Hurst, C. (2015). Tasks and resources for developing children’s multiplicative thinking. Workshop presented at ACU Primary and Secondary Mathematics Conference. Melbourne, Victoria.
    • Hurrell, D. & Day, L. (2015). Developing proportional reasoning. Workshop presented at the Mathematical Association of Victoria. Bundoora, Victoria.
  • Professional affiliations

    Member of:
    Mathematics Association of Western Australia (MAWA)
    Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
    Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)

    Reviewer of scholarly articles for:
    Mathematics Educational Research Journal (MERJ)
    Mathematics Association of Victoria (MAV)
    International Journal of Whole Schooling (IJWS)
    Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom (APMC)
    Issues in Educational Research (IIER)
    Australian Journal of Teacher Education (AJTE)

    Member of the conference committee for:
    Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)

  • Community engagement

    Recent Community Engagement (2015-2019)
    St Jerome’s CPS: Place Value (series of workshops)
    St James’ PS: Place Value
    Applecross PS – Multiplicative Thinking
    Aquinas College – Multiplicative Thinking
    Hammond Park CPS: Developing a Conceptual Understanding of Fractions (series of workshops)
    Cecil Andrews College: Multiplicative Thinking
    Various schools: Mathematics a Human Endeavour (4 day intensive course)
    AISWA: Fractions: Making Understanding the Common Denominator (series of workshops)
    Various schools: A Ramble Across the Landscape of Mathematics Education (4 day intensive course)
    Corpus Christi: From Arrays to Algebra
    Corpus Christi: Proportional Reasoning

  • Awards

    • School of Education, Dean’s Award for Teaching - 2015
    • Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Initiatives that Enhance Student Learning – 2018
    • Australian Awards for University Teaching – 2018 – Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning