Thorsten Scheiner is a Research Fellow in Mathematics Education at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, ACU Brisbane. Prior to this appointment, he has been a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland. Before doing a Joint Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg and Macquarie University, Thorsten Scheiner received his B.Sc. and M.Ed. from the Leibniz University of Hannover. He has been a visiting researcher and visiting scholar at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education in San Diego.


Thorsten Scheiner's research program is about theory building and theory advancement in mathematics education and teacher education. This program is centrally concerned with two interrelated areas of study: mathematical cognition and teacher cognition. His work in mathematical cognition focuses on complex processes involved in knowing, learning, and sense-making of mathematics. In the area of teacher cognition, he examines how teacher knowing and teacher noticing are actualized in the classroom. His research has contributed to theoretical innovation through exploring tensions, conflicts, and paradoxes among fundamentally, yet opposing, theoretical perspectives prevalent in mathematics education and teacher education. 

To date, Thorsten Scheiner has taught undergraduate courses in mathematics as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics education at different universities, including the University of Auckland, Macquarie University, the University of Hamburg, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, and the Humboldt University of Berlin. He also worked as a part-time teacher at the German International School Sydney and has been a teaching assistant and instructor both in a local school in Germany and in the German International Schools in Cape Town and Dubai.


Thorsten Scheiner is the founder and director of the International Community of Emerging Researchers in Mathematics Education and has been the chairperson of three national working groups of the Foundation of German Business. He received the Studienkolleg Fellowship from the Foundation of German Business and the Robert Bosch Foundation; the Klaus Murmann Fellowship from the Foundation of German Business; and the Research Excellence Scholarship from Macquarie University. He has been awarded the Karl H. Ditze Award of the University of Hamburg for his doctoral dissertation, and he has recently been a recipient of the Early Career Researcher Excellence in Research Recognition Award from the Institute of Learning Sciences and Teacher Education Australia. 









Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education, Australia

Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Jan 2019-present  

The University of Auckland, New Zealand 

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



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

Mathematics Education, May 2018

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


Master of Education I Gottfried W. Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

Major in Mathematics, Aug 2013

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


Bachelor of Science I Gottfried W. Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

Major in Mathematics, Jul 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

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

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Research Visit, Department of Mathematics, Nov-Dec 2017; Nov 2013

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Lecturer/Instructor, Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science, Sep 2015-Sep 2016

Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Lecturer/Instructor, Faculty of Education, Oct 2015-Feb 2016

Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

Instructor, Faculty of Mathematics, 2009-2013

Macquarie University, Australia

Joint-Ph.D. Studies, Department of Educational Studies, Feb 2016-Apr 2018 

Lecturer/Instructor, Department of Educational Studies, Feb-May 2017

Stanford University, USA

Research Visit, Graduate School of Education, Apr-Jun 2016  

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Research Visit, Department of Curriculum Studies, Apr-May 2015

The University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Research Visit, Institute of Education, Sep 2012

University of California at Berkeley, USA

Research Visit, Graduate School of Education, Jul-Sep 2014; Oct 2012-Mar 2013 

University of Hamburg, Germany

Ph.D. Studies, Faculty of Education, Dec 2013-Apr 2018

Lecturer/Instructor, Faculty of Education, Apr 2014-Jul 2015



Foundation of German Business, Germany

Fellow, Klaus Murmann Fellowship, Dec 2013-Oct 2016

Fellow, Studienkolleg Fellowship, Nov 2009-Aug 2013

German International School Sydney, Australia

Teacher, Feb-Jun 2017

German International School Dubai, VAE

Teaching Assistant, Aug-Oct 2011  

German International School Cape Town, South Africa 

Teaching Assistant, Feb-May 2011

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