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Maths Inside: Highlighting the role of mathematics in society as motivation to engage more in mathematical activities.

Project Member(s): Coupland, M., Schuck, S., Prescott, A.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program)

Start year: 2014

Summary: This project will develop resources to demonstrate to students and their teachers the importance of mathematics and statistics in our lives, and strengthen students¿ mathematical skills and knowledge. Examples where the mathematics is not always visible and not often revealed in classrooms will be highlighted. First, case studies of the contributions made to industry and commerce by practising mathematical scientists will be created. Second, inspired by what mathematicians actually do, teaching and learning materials linked to the Australian Curriculum, that encourage exploration of relevant mathematical ideas will be constructed. Third, resources that have been created to enable intending university students to assess and improve their mathematical readiness for studies in science and technology will be made widely available, especially to teachers, teachers in training and students contemplating a career in teaching. The scope of these initiatives will thus be extended. The resources will be tested in schools through existing networks and disseminated through cooperation with AAMT and its affiliates.

Publications:

Angelini, M, Prescott, A, Schuck, S, Rai, T, Lee, C & Coupland, M 2017, '“Maths Inside”: A Project to Raise Interest in Mathematics', 40 years on: We are still learning! Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 40th Annual Conference, MERGA : Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Melbourne, pp. 181-188.
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Pressick-Kilborn, KJ & Prescott, A 2017, 'Engaging primary children and pre-service teachers in a whole school 'Design and Make Day': The evaluation of a creative science and technology collaboration', Teaching Science, vol. 63, no. 1, pp. 18-26.
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Keywords: Mathematics, Education, Secondary schools, Resources, Mathematics Pedagogical Content Knowledge

FOR Codes: Pedagogy, Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy, Teaching and Instruction Technologies, Curriculum and Pedagogy