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11-12 July 2016- FYi Maths Workshop 4 – Evaluating Learning and Teaching

Workshop 4
Evaluating Learning and Teaching

This years FYi Maths workshop will be themed ‘Evaluating Learning and Teaching’. The workshop will be held on 11-12 July 2016 at The University of Melbourne. This years two day workshop will discuss such topics as improving mathematical writing skills of undergraduate students, the fluidity of secondary and tertiary mathematics, and the success of workshops themselves.

When: 11-12 July 2016

Where: Alice Hoy Building – Level 3, Room 333, The University of Melbourne

Program available here

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2-3 June 2016 – STEMS: Putting Statistics back into STEM in the Data Age

The Statistics Education Section of the Statistical Society of Australia has created a two day workshop and colloquium hosted at the University of Technology in Sydney on the 2 and 3 of June. The idea of the workshop and colloquium is to discuss the needs and actions surrounding the future of Statistics, and provide an opportunity for discussion about the required future direction of Statistics Education in Australia, and it is aimed at primary-secondary-tertiary educators, government and industry leaders and all interested parties.

When: 2-3 June 2016

Where: University Of Technology, Sydney

The workshop is free for secondary and primary school educators, although you are still required to register. Registration information here.

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14 June 2016 – FYiMaths NSW Workshop

Western Sydney University is hosting a free, one day workshop for FYi Maths on Tuesday 14 June 2016. The theme of the workshop is “Dialogue Across the Divide”. The workshop is for those involved in mathematics teaching in first year tertiary and/or high school and will be BOSTES/QTC endorsed.

Date: Tuesday 14 June, 2016

Time: 10am-5pm (arrive at 9:30 for tea, coffee and networking)

Venue: Western Sydney University, Parramatta City campus, 100 George St, Parramatta.

Presentations in line with the theme for the day are invited from interested participants.    Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to present.

Registration is free, form located here.

A conference dinner will be held at a restaurant close to the venue (dinner at your own cost).

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USyd announces maths pre-reqs

From 2019 students will need to have passed the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) two-unit Mathematics subject to enrol in any engineering or IT bachelor degree, nearly all science bachelor degrees, and bachelor degrees in economics, commerce, pharmacy and veterinary science at The University of Sydney.

Read more: http://www.afr.com/news/policy/education/in-a-bid-to-lift-its-standards-sydney-uni-takes-a-stand-on-maths-20160129-gmh44i#ixzz3ysDRjwOk

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9 Feb 2016: Maths Ed Workshop at ANZIAM @ QT Hotel, Canberra

As part of the Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied
Mathematics (ANZIAM) conference next year a mathematics education workshop will be held at the QT Hotel, Canberra on Tuesday 9th of February 2016 , from 4pm – 6pm, followed by discussion and drinks from 6pm – 7pm.

This is the first time the ANZIAM conference has included a satellite workshop on Mathematics Education. The aim of the workshop is to bring together academics and high school mathematics teachers to discuss and exchange ideas on mathematics teaching.

Registration for the ANZIAM conference and this workshop are now open. Enquiries to anziam2016@adfa.edu.au


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Report on FY Calculus in USA

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) has recently released a report on why so many students who succeed in high school calculus then struggle in first year college calculus.  While the US education system has challenges related to specifics of secondary education and curriculum, there are many similarities with the challenges for mathematics education here.

In particular the report highlights the mismatch between students’ high level of confidence entering first year and their subsequent failure or low grades. It is also clear that while some students can master advanced concepts, they do not have a solid enough background in more fundamental mathematical concepts.

An article in the US Conversation about the report states,

the crux of the problem: students lacking the requisite foundational abilities may not succeed because the college faculty member expects them to be at ease with these more basic ideas, freeing them to absorb and understand the new, more conceptual material.”


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Survey of Mathematics entry requirements in Australian Universities

We are conducting a brief survey about the mathematics entry requirements for a range of degrees offered by Australian Universities. The survey is open now until CoB Thursday 11th June.

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Compulsory maths?

Editorial article by Deb King in Fairfax press Compulsory maths: it’s an answer in search of a problem

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SMH Article – new report on decline in science and maths studied in high school

An article in today’s SMH refers to a report by John Kennedy, Terry Lyons & Frances Quinn Continuing decline of science and mathematics enrolments in Australian high schools‘ published in the journal ‘Teaching Science’. The report analyses raw data from education departments in each state for the period 1992-2012 and discusses the overall decline in enrolments in science and mathematics.  It discusses enrolment trends for each level of mathematics subjects and provides a useful comparative table for mathematics subjects across the states.


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