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Dr Thorsten Scheiner is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Learning Sciences and Teacher Education at the Australian Catholic University and a Visiting Professor at the Free University of Berlin. 


Scheiner's research has advanced the international research literature by interweaving theoretical, conceptual and empirical contributions through two synergistic research programs. The first program examines mathematics teachers' knowledge and noticing skills, highlighting their importance in cultivating inclusive and equity-oriented teaching practices, thereby enhancing the discourse on mathematics teacher professional learning.


The second program explores students' mathematical thinking at secondary and tertiary levels, focusing on the mathematical strengths that students bring to their learning. It provides deep insights into the epistemological, conceptual and cognitive processes crucial for robust mathematical understanding and seeks to shift the dominant narrative in mathematics education from a deficit-based to a strengths-based approach.


His research has been recognised through publications in leading international mathematics education journals such as Educational Studies in Mathematics and ZDM-Mathematics Education, and through invitations as a visiting scholar to renowned research institutions such as Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. He has received numerous prestigious awards, fellowships and grants, and serves on the editorial boards of prestigious international journals in the field.

A passionate mathematics educator, Scheiner has lectured on mathematics and mathematics education at various universities in Australia, Germany and New Zealand, and worked as a secondary mathematics teacher in several school systems. In these roles, Scheiner has been deeply committed to promoting inclusive learning environments where everyone's contribution is recognised and valued. This includes proactively deconstructing and challenging systemic barriers, particularly the pervasiveness of deficit thinking in mathematics classrooms.


He is a former Fellow of the Foundation of German Business.


Dr Thorsten Scheiner



Free University of Berlin, Germany

Visiting Professor, Department of Mathematics, 2022-present  

Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australia

Senior Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, 2023-present

Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australia

Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, 2019-2022  

The University of Auckland, New Zealand 

Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, 2017-2018

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Ph.D. I University of Hamburg, Germany & Macquarie University, Australia 

Mathematics Education, 2018

Title of thesis: Toward theory advancement in mathematical cognition and teacher cognition

Master of Education I Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

Major in Mathematics, 2013

Title of thesis: Linking general theories of teacher education with theories of mathematics education


Bachelor of Science I Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

Major in Mathematics, 2011

Title of thesis: Comparative analysis of teacher education studies

(in German: Vergleichende Analyse von Lehrerbildungsstudien)   



Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education San Diego, USA

Department of Mathematics, San Diego State University, Feb-Apr 2014

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Department of Mathematics, Jul-Aug 2018; Nov-Dec 2017; Nov 2013

Stanford University, USA

Graduate School of Education, Apr-Jun 2016  

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Department of Curriculum Studies, Apr-May 2015

The University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Institute of Education, Jul 2019; Sep 2012

University of California at Berkeley, USA

Graduate School of Education, Apr 2019; Jul-Sep 2014; Oct 2012-Mar 2013 

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Foundation of German Business, Germany

Fellow, Klaus Murmann Fellowship, 2013-2016

Fellow, Studienkolleg Fellowship, 2009-2013

German International School Sydney, Australia

Teacher, 2017

German International School Dubai, VAE

Teaching Assistant, 2011  

German International School Cape Town, South Africa 

Teaching Assistant, 2011

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