• Speaker: A/Prof Kathleen Butler, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: Indigenising the Mathematics and Statistics Curriculum
  • Location: Room V109, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 3:00 pm, Fri, 17th Nov 2017
  • Abstract:

    One of the most contentious areas in Indigenising Curriculum is the Maths and Sciences. This presentation considers how Maths and Statistics can provide a solid and meaningful response to the Indigenising imperative that will fulfil the two criteria of socially just education:

    1. The inclusion and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and;
    2. The education of all students on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander epistemologies and ontologies

    Suggestions on both content areas and student recruitment, retention and success will be discussed. Examples will be based on the presenters experiences as cultural facilitators in education from Foundations to the tertiary sector.

    Associate Professor Kathy Butler and Ms Tammy Small are employed in the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Newcastle. With Professor Steve Larkin, Tammy and Kathy are currently examining ways for the University to provide cultural competency training as a whole-of-university initiative.

    This presentation is to assist academics consider how to adapt programs and course content and delivery to incorporate, be mindful of and better appeal to people with Indigenous backgrounds and interests.

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