Title

Notre Dame hosts Australia's premier Mathematics educators

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 2-9-2011

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place

Fremantle

Abstract

Strengthening the connections between research in teaching and learning and the new Australian mathematics curriculum were topics discussed at the inaugural mathematics conference hosted by The University of Notre Dame Australia at the end of January.

Featuring some of Australia’s premier Mathematics educators, and attracting an audience of over 440, the event was a unique opportunity for Primary and Middle School teachers to consider the emerging Australian Curriculum and how it will affect mathematics content and pedagogy in WA classrooms.

Professor Peter Sullivan from Monash University, author of the shaping paper for the new Australian Mathematics Curriculum, featured as one of the speakers and was joined in presenting sessions by leading academics and mathematics educators from Western Australian, interstate tertiary institutions and academic staff from Notre Dame.

“An event such as this is never easy to pull together,” said Derek Hurrell, one of the coordinators of the conference.

“We were delighted with the overall response, and the valuable feedback which makes it all worthwhile.”

Senior Lecturer, Jennifer O’Neil, also one of the coordinators, stressed that the overall success of the conference depended on the quality of the presenters.

“The way in which they engage the participants is so important. We were fortunate to be able to attract presenters who possess the ability to marry cutting edge research with the day-to-day business of the craft of teaching.”

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