Mrs Jo Knox

BSc (Hons), MEd (Distinction)

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Research Assistant
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Jo has specialised in mathematics education for 20 years in both the UK and New Zealand and  has been involved in teacher professional development in mathematics and statistics since 2007. Her work has included lecturing pre-service students, providing regional mathematics meetings for mathematics lead teachers, designing needs-based professional development for schools and supporting Accelerating Learning in Mathematics (ALIM) and Mathematics Support Teachers (MST) with inquiry-based teaching designed to accelerate learning for targeted students.

Jo has presented at both national and international mathematics conferences, including NZAMT, PMA and MAV.  Jo’s work is grounded in recent experience, having taught part-time as a Mathematics Support Teacher (MST) for the past four years. Jo is committed to furthering her own knowledge and staying current with research. She spent the last four years studying part-time towards gaining her M.Ed in mathematics education, which she completed in 2016. She is also an active member of the Auckland Primary Mathematics Association (PMA), has been part of Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated (MERGA) review panel and has organised regional Mathex competitions. 

Research | Current

Mathematics Education- "Is mathematical proof, child-proof?"

Mathematical proof is fundamental to the work of mathematicians and yet it is a process that has been marginalised in mathematics education, especially in the primary classroom. To date, there is little research that explores what constitutes proof in the primary classroom and how young students can be supported to understand and use proof.  The role of the task has been shown to be instrumental in opening or closing mathematical opportunities for students.  My research aims to investigate what characteristics are necessary and sufficient in mathematical tasks to provoke proving activity in primary students and support them to develop generic arguments over empirical ones (Balacheff, 1988).

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Secretary for Primary Mathematics Association (PMA)

Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Incorporated (MERGA) review panel


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 1, Room 105
New Zealand

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