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

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

Biography
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).

His passion is in engaging students in the subject 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.” His research interests are in the area of rational numbers, algebraic reasoning and what constitutes mathematical knowledge for teaching.
Teaching Areas
Mathematics Education - Primary and Early Childhood and Care
Research Expertise and Supervision
Completion of PhD thesis: Effectiveness of teacher professional learning: enhancing the teaching of fractions in primary schools

 

Research and engagement

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. (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
Professional Affiliations
Member of:
Mathematics Association of Western Australia (MAWA)
Mathematics Education Research Group (MERG)
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)

On the editorial boards of:
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom (APMC)
International Journal of Whole Schooling (IJWS)

Member of the conference committee for:
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)