The partners in the MATSITI led initiative Excellence and Equity in Maths: Indigenous Student Achievement and Tertiary Aspirations in Mathematics – also known as the [xe] project – met in Adelaide to shape the project and discuss how they will increase the number of Indigenous students with the capability and aspiration to undertake tertiary study in disciplines underpinned by mathematics.
The project, a partnership between the University of South Australia (UniSA) and the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) has been supported through the Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program (AMSPP).
Current participation in STEM higher education study
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are significantly under-represented in the higher education system, contributing to high levels of social and economic disadvantage.
Under-representation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) study is particularly acute for Indigenous people, with limited progress in recent years.
In 2010 only 11% of total Indigenous enrolments in higher education were in STEM diplomas and degrees compared with 34% for non-Indigenous enrolments.
The [xe] project will develop a national suite of quality mathematics learning and teaching resources and professional practices, and a communications strategy, to increase the engagement of Indigenous students in maths and STEM disciplines. The project team will also publish evidence and case studies to inform future programs and policy developed by schools, universities and Indigenous community advocates.
Project announcement post from July 2014.