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Teaching maths 'a passion' for MRes student


A mathematics specialist who wants more students to study the subject at higher levels and become maths teachers has this week won the inaugural Brother John Taylor Fellowship.

Mark Gronow – Master of Research student at Macquarie University and Head of Mathematics at Stella Maris College in Manly – is the first winner of the $25,000 research prize, initiated by Catholic Education Commission NSW (CECNSW) to promote teacher quality, particularly in the Catholic context.

Mr Gronow will use the award to improve student engagement with mathematics and make it a more attractive choice at higher levels.

He first completed a Master of Educational Leadership in Macquarie's School of Education, then progressed to the new Master of Research degree, as a pathway to a PhD in mathematics education.

His supervisor, Joanne Mulligan, says "Mark is my first Master of Research (MRes) student in this new program, so it's exciting to see him recognised with this fellowship. CECNSW chairman Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP said Mr Gronow was chosen because he wanted to improve confidence, motivation and engagement in mathematics by both students and teachers.

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