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 I am focused on promoting school-based educational development by supporting middle leaders through action research. I have a particular interest in mathematics education

Professor Peter Grootenboer previously worked in schools for 12 years as a teacher and leader before moving into the tertiary sector. In 1997 he received a Jim Campbell Award – a national award for teaching excellence in mathematics in New Zealand. Peter completed his MEd and EdD through the University of Waikato focussing on mathematics education and educational leadership (staff development and appraisal). The main focus of Peter’s research has been on affective development in mathematics learning, and recently he has focussed more tightly on praxis development, middle leading and action research.


Professor Peter Grootenboer

Griffith Institute for Educational Research

Acting Director

Fields of Expertise

  • Action Research
  • Leadership
  • Mathematics
  • Professional Practice
  • Educational Research

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Peter has extensive speaking engagement experience relating to his fields of expertise and research experience. Recent highlights include:

  • (2014, November). Critical participatory Action Research. Keynote address at the Pedagogy, Education and Praxis Symposium, Hong Kong
  • (2014, August). The theories of practice architectures and ecologies of practices. Keynote address to the NAFOL conference, Trondheim, Norway

Industry Experience

Peter has worked closely with a variety of organisations relating to expertise in Action Research and Mathematics. He has worked as a critical friend with the "Make It Count" program which involved developing middle leaders to promote improved learning outcomes for Aboriginal and Torress Strait Islander students in mathematics. Peter's Action Research projects have focused on providing clients with the expertise to address local challenges that they can identify, investigate and design to reach sophisticated solutions. 

Advisory Roles

  • ​Invited expert Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)- National Senior Curriculum, 2 day consultation workshops in Sydney as Queensland representative. 
  • Invited tertiary Representative Queensland Studies Association, Mathematics Learning Advisory Reference Group. 
  • Invited panel member ACARA – National Curriculum (Mathematics P – 10) Consultative Group. 
  • Invited delegate to AAMT ‘thinktank’ on indigenous mathematics education.


Research Expertise

Peter’s research interests include professional practice, mathematics education, educational leadership and action research. In particular, he has focused on school-based educational development through supporting curriculum leaders and action research.

Peter’s research highlights include:

  • · (2016). Mathematics, affect and learning: Middle school students beliefs and attitudes about mathematics education.
  • · (2017). Learning Practices: Financial Literacy in an Aboriginal Community. In Practice Theory Perspectives on Pedagogy and Education (pp. 175–190).
  • · (2017). Provoking a (Re)newed Frontier in Theorising Educational Practice. In Practice Theory Perspectives on Pedagogy and Education (pp. 265–279).
  • · (2017). Building Rapport with University Students: Building Rapport Among University Teachers. In Student Engagement and Educational Rapport in Higher Education (pp. 131–151).

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