Mr Peter

Mr Peter Sanders

is a lecturer in Education courses at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus of La Trobe University. He is coordinator of, and a lecturer and tutor in a range of primary mathematics education subjects

Lecturer in Education (Primary Teacher Education)

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce


Department of Education

Melbourne (Bundoora)


B.A. (Hons.) Social Sciences; Master of School Leadership



Membership of professional associations

Mathematical Association of Victoria; Mathematical Education Research Group of Australasia; Association of Teachers of Mathematics

Area of study

Educational Studies

Brief profile

Pete Sanders is a lecturer in Education courses at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus of La Trobe University. He is coordinator of a range of primary mathematics education subjects in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He coordinates the MTeach (Primary) subject, Primary Maths/Numeracy. He also coordinates a suite of subjects within the BTeach (Primary) program namely, Teaching Number and Algebra, Strands of Mathematics and Developing Mathematical Thinking. Pete has been a primary teacher for nearly 20 years both here in Australia and in the United Kingdom. He uses this experience of primary school teaching within a range of subjects in the BTeach program including Personalised and Active Learning and Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting. Pete is currently writing his PhD, the impact of mathematics competency procedures on the development of post-graduate pre-service teachers’ primary mathematics teaching. Other research interests include Lesson Study and teacher professional learning.  

Teaching units

EDU1TNA: Teaching Number & Algebra

EDU2SOM: Strands of Mathematics

EDU3DMT: Developing Mathematical Thinking

EDU5PMN: Primary Maths/Numeracy


Primary Mathematics Education, Lesson Study

Older publications

2009: Lesson Study: An Effective School-Based Teacher Professional Learning Model for Teachers of Mathematics. In R. Hunter, B. Bicknell, & T. Burgess (Eds.), Crossing Divides. (Proceedings of the 32nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Wellington, NZ, pp. 475-482). Palmerston North, NZ: MERGA (peer reviewed) 2009: Tasks involving models, tools and representations: Making the mathematics explicit as we build tasks into lessons. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 14(2), 10-14. (with Barbara Clarke, Monash University)  

Research projects

2006-2008 Development of Improving Numeracy Teaching Through Data Analysis, an action research project in the Berwick South cluster of schools. My Master in School Leadership was based around this project. 2007-2009 Task Types and Mathematics Learning. An Australian Research Council funded project. A research partnership between the Department of Education, the Melbourne Catholic Education Office, Monash University and Australian Catholic University.