Carly Sawatzki is an interdisciplinarian with a particular interest in the teaching of humanities, mathematics and numeracy in consumer, economic, and financial contexts. Her research interests include curriculum innovation; numeracy and mathematics task design; mathematical problem-solving in real world contexts; and pedagogical coaching to enhance teaching and learning.
Carly's ongoing educational design research program has to date been situated within the Encouraging Persistence Maintaining Challenge (EPMC) project (an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, DP110101027). As the lead researcher exploring the topic of “Money and financial mathematics” she has worked collaboratively with upper primary school teachers and students in Victoria and the Northern Territory to create and research open-ended financial literacy tasks. These tasks are designed to cultivate critical inquiry skills; elevate the perceived importance of mathematical knowledge, skills and reasoning in children's minds; and orient them to make informed financial decisions.
Carly aims to communicate about her research in accessible, engaging, and convincing ways, be it in writing or face-to-face. She draws on her research findings to highlight that educating for financial capability is a complex pursuit, and argue the importance of adopting local, culturally responsive, inquiry-based practices that seek to align classroom tasks and pedagogies with the diverse identities, experiences, values, and norms students bring to their learning. She is regularly engaged by teacher associations and schools, being recognised as a dynamic, thought-provoking presenter who is dedicated to involving school leaders and teachers in professional learning that promotes critical conversation, inspires innovation, and transforms pedagogical practice.
She is the Treasurer of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA).