Mrs Rachel Passmore

B.Sc (Hons) Reading, Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) Post Graduate Diploma of Science Master of Science (Auckland)

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Professional Teaching Fellow
Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I joined the Department of Mathematics in 2013 as a Professional Teaching Fellow, teaching Foundation Mathematics on the Tertiary Foundation Certificate. I am also assistant co-ordinator of this programme. I have a degree in Statistics and have worked in the UK as a Government Statistician before emigrating to New Zealand where I re-trained asa secondary school Mathematics and Statistics teacher.

I am currently a doctoral candidate under the supervision of Maxine Pfannkuch.

Research | Current

My PhD research will focus on the new capstone courses to be introduced in the Faculty of Science for all undergraduate students starting in 2019. The capstone experience aims to provide opportunities for all students to exhibit all the characteristics of the graduate profile. My research will evaluate whether these aspirational goals are met by the Statistics capstone experience.

My Master's research focused on a curriculum change in the Time Series Achievement Standard. A framework was developed in order to assess whether the new standard had actually improved student learning outcomes.

Teaching | Current

I teach Foundation level Mathematics and Statistics on the Tertiary Foundation Certificate, MATHS 93F and MATHS 94F.


Mathematics Education Prize, 2012

Margaret Morton Memorial Prize, 2012

Faculty of Science Masters Award, 2014

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Past President, Auckland Mathematical Association

Secretary, New Zealand Mathematical Society Education Group

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Passmore, R., & Pfannkuch, M. J. (2016). The impact of curriculum change on the teaching and learning of time series at Year 13. In H. MacGillivray, M. Martin, B. Phillips (Eds.) Proceedings of the 9th Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics (OZCOTS), 10-15. Canberra, Australia: Statistical Society of Australia Inc.. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Maxine Pfannkuch
  • Passmore, R. (2016). The impact of curriculum change on the teaching and learning of time series The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 150
New Zealand