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a pilot school in the School Mathematics Projects. He was invited to become an author in the project and was involved in the writing and trailing of the books. At Abingdom he taught several courses on statistics with special emphasis on biological application, one of his fields of interest. From 1969 to 1973 he taught senior mathematics classes at Melbourne Church of England Grammar School a school, which put great emphasis in professional development for teachers. The way in which probability was taught worried him and his revised ideas on the topic formed later the basis for his Master’s dissertations. From 1974 he worked mainly in Adelaide as a freelance teacher and tutor of mathematics, in different schools and Universities, He also taught mathematics education in the Schools and Departments of three Universities. In the period 1988–2000 he was Part-time lecturer in Travel, Workers’ Educational Association of South Australia. In 1993 he received a Master’s degree for his thesis The development of children’s understanding of probability , which contained a mathematical analysis of some aspects of probability, a summary of current research and an investigation on children’s understanding of probabilistic ideas. He argued that much current pedagogic practice was often not in harmony with either mathematical precision or research findings. After this he worked for about nine years to produce his Doctoral thesis, which was recently finished (we are reproducing the summary below). As John’s states in the first chapter, this thesis is really the second volume of a single piece of work. This thesis was conceived with two main objectives. The first was to analyse the teaching of probability within a wide theoretical framework, within the specific context of South Australian schools. The second was to use this analysis to propose and test effective ways of improving the teaching and assessment of the topic. Over 30 years John and his wife Kath, who became his main collaborator, have actively been engaged in mathematics and stochastic education, in particular in the teaching and understanding of probability in primary school levels. John was also interested in the inference, independence, correlation, variance, history of statistics education, mathematics, cultural factors and curricular development and in a number of topics in mathematics, science, history and other topics. He attended and presented refereed and invited papers in many statistics and mathematics education conferences, including PME (Psychology of Mathematics Education), ICME (International Congress on Mathematics Education) MERGA (Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia), Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, Mathematical Association of Victoria, ICOTS (International Conferences on the Teaching Statistics), and AusICOTS.
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