A new MATSITI-led project, Excellence and Equity in Maths: Indigenous Student Achievement and Tertiary Aspirations in Mathematics, has been selected by the Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, to receive $783,000 in Australian Government funding.
The project, a partnership between the University of South Australia and the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers has been supported through the Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program (AMSPP).
The three-year national project aims to foster mathematics excellence and equity in schooling and tertiary education choices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The project will support classroom practice in maths, and build upon Indigenous student attainment at school into successful tertiary study pathways.
This groundbreaking project will increase the number of our people with the capability and aspirations to undertake tertiary study in disciplines underpinned by Mathematics.
Prof Peter Buckskin,
Dean, Indigenous Engagement, Scholarship and Research, UniSA
AAMT is pleased to be a partner in the project as it brings together the strengths of both our organisations in a targeted, multi-faceted approach to improving mathematics teaching and outcomes for Indigenous students.
Will Morony, CEO, Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
The Australian Government is supporting better learning in science, mathematics and related subjects because a strong capability in these areas is crucial to our future national prosperity.
These grants will support increasing mentoring in science subjects, teacher training and professional development to improve teacher quality, and increasing women’s and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in maths and science.
Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education
Other events related to STEM aspirations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people include the following:
Creating Connections and Growing Understanding
2014 National Conference on Numeracy, Mathematics and Indigenous Learners
Adelaide, 10-11 November 2014
University of South Australia, 12-22 December 2014