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Time to act on Australia’s education decline

11 December 2015

The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) is calling on universities and education systems to start acting on the many reports proposing ways to halt Australia’s decline in education through initiatives in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Today, the Office of the Chief Scientist has issued a position paper titled ‘Transforming STEM teaching in primary schools: everybody’s business’ which calls for the transformation of STEM education in primary schools through raising the preparedness and quality of primary teacher training.

AAMT supports the sentiments and proposals expressed in the position paper, and is keen to work with universities and education systems to see ideas realised.

Maths by Inquiry

20 October 2015 

The Australian Academy of Science is proud to partner with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers to create a bold new Australian government-supported program to transform how mathematics is taught in Australian schools. 

The Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Simon Birmingham, today announced that the Academy and the AAMT have been awarded a $6.4 million contract to develop and promote new maths resources for school students and teachers, from Foundation to Year 10.

Workplace maths doesn't add up

17 December 2014

High school mathematics teachers have gone into Australian businesses to see for themselves the mathematics that workers use every day.

The teachers confirmed that there is a need to improve the connections between the mathematics taught at school and the ways in which mathematics is used at work. Importantly, they discovered that not only do many people in the workforce need mathematical skills, they particularly need to know when and how to apply them to practical tasks.

The study, conducted by the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT), the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and the Office of the Chief Scientist, found young people often have trouble transferring the quantitative skills learned at school to workplace situations.

Better maths teaching = better student results

12 December 2012

Greater numbers of appropriately qualified and supported teachers of mathematics are necessary if Australia is to overcome its “disappointing” results in the latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

Indigenous students count on national collaboration

2 October 2012

The key to improving the numeracy outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is the mutual understanding and collaboration of educators, researchers and leaders of Indigenous communities. The Numeracy, Mathematics and Indigenous Learners Conference will bring together key people -- identified by school systems, professional organisations, and Indigenous-education projects from across Australia -- for a showcase of best practices which have demonstrated real improvements in numeracy and mathematics for Indigenous students.

PISA study results are a call to act now

7 December 2010

The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) is calling on the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments, as well as other stakeholders, to provide policy and program responses to improve the quality of teaching in Australian schools and arrest the current decline in student performance.

Next Australian Government must end maths crisis (July 2010)

30 July 2010

The Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) and the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) want a commitment from the leaders of the major political parties that the next Australian Government will end the current crisis in mathematics education.