Episode 38: Making a Connection to Culture

Patterns are at the heart of mathematics. In fact, mathematics has sometimes been called a science of patterns.

In this episode, we chat with Professor Chris Matthews, chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance.

When it comes to mathematics and indigenous students, the ‘pattern’ Chris sees isn’t a good one. 

Chris says there are strong connections between mathematics and Aboriginal culture and that these connections need to be used to transform how Aboriginal students learn maths. Even more, Chris believes these connections, and this education, can create a ‘pattern’ for success for all teachers and students when it comes to teaching and learning maths.

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