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My overarching goal in every teaching interaction is inspiring the next generation of teachers to teach mathematics in a way that develops deep conceptual understanding of mathematics in their future students

Dr Kevin Larkin is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Griffith University. He is also the First Year Coordinator for the Bachelor of Primary Education and Chair of Student Scucess and Retention. Prior to joining Griffith University, Kevin worked as a primary school teacher and deputy principal. In early 2019, Kevin was awarded the 2018 Australian University Teacher of the Year by Universities Australia Chair, Professor Margaret Gardner AO in Canberra. He is a member of a number of research teams investigating mathematics education in primary and middle school contexts and has published widely in national and international publications in the areas of mathematics education, ICT, school leadership and Activity Theory. Kevin was recently interviewed as part of a teaching masterclass presentation highlighting his learning and teaching philosophy in the classroom. The interview can be viewed here.



Dr Kevin Larkin

School of Education and Professional Studies

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Mathematics
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Kevin’s presentation highlights include:

  • Panel Member 2015 Numeracy Summit Brisbane: Case Study Griffith University Partnership Panel Discussion
  • Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia – Conference Presentations (2013-2015)
  • Psychology of Mathematics Education – Conference Presentation (2015)

Industry Experience

External Service roles

  • Vice President Communications - Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA);
  • Reviewer for a range of National and International Mathematics Journals;  
  • Editor of Special Issue of Mathematics Education Research Journal (MERJ) 

Professional Memberships 

  • Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA),
  • Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education (QSITE) and
  • Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)

Academic Award

  • 2016 Vice Chancellor's 2016 Griffith University Teacher of the Year
  • 2016 Award for Excellence in Teaching, Arts, Education and Law
  • 2015 AEL Teaching Citation;
  • 2013 and 2014 DVC Academic Teaching Commendations;
  • 2012 Sir Samuel Griffith Lectureship,
  • 2008 Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching: Casual Academic Staff Award

Research Expertise

Kevin is heavily invovled in research projects in his fields of expertise that include Mathematics, Information Communications Technology, School Leadership and Activity Theory.Kevin is involved in a number of research partnerships with schools in South-East Queensland and overseas investigating digital technologies in mathematics education, student attitudes towards mathematics, and spatial reasoning.  He also works as a critical friend for a range of primary schools.

Research highlights include:

  • · (2018). STEM Education in the Junior Secondary: The State of Play. STEM Education in the Junior Secondary: The State of Play.
  • · (2018). What Is Unique About Junior STEM? In STEM Education in the Junior Secondary: The State of Play (pp. 5–14).
  • · (2018). The Arithmomania Maths App: The glitch that corrupted learning to leave only fun. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 15(1), 24–42.
  • · (2017). Student Engagement and Rapport in the Context of Blended Learning in Mathematics Education Courses: Challenges and Implications. In Student Engagement and Educational Rapport in Higher Education (pp. 25–44).
  • · (2017). Analysing the relationships between students and mathematics: a tale of two paradigms.Mathematics Education Research Journal, 29(1), 113–130.

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