Thesis, papers, presentations and webinars

Doctoral thesis – Responsive mathematics pedagogy with urban and regional Aboriginal learners

My research explores, explains and critiques a way of viewing mathematics pedagogy with urban and regional Aboriginal learners through a transdisciplinary case study approach. I ‘provide a critique of the ideas and the content of what is going to be learned’ (Alrø & Skovsmose 2004,p.255) and a cultural artefact of my learning. The five chapters develop and build on the concept of responsive mathematics pedagogy and the notion of activism in mathematics education. Click here to view my thesis.

5 ways forward

Improving learning outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in mathematics: a collaboration between Community, education and business

1. Seminar presented at the AAMT conference in July

2. Webinar for AAMT co-presented with Dr Chris Matthews based on the key findings and themes – Culture, identity and confidence; transition; investment; leadership; and quality teaching – from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance conference, 2014.

Numeracy, mathematics and Indigenous learners

What are the cluster findings from the Make it count project and what do they mean for teaching and learning?

This was a paper and presentation (below) for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance conference in Adelaide that brought together leaders from Communities, education, and business sectors from around Australia.


Mathematics and Indigenous learners

Why community, business and education together must make a difference

A discussion paper authored with Dr Chris Matthews from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance, and retired engineer and tireless worker Bill Lawson offering Indigenous, business and education perspectives.


Make it count: Mathematics and Indigenous Learners

AAMT webinar for educators working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners in mathematics education introducing the Make it count website – a teaching and learning resource and professional learning tool.


Mathematics teaching in the Kimberley: Advancing professional conversations

A resource written with Sue Thomas from the Kimberley Success Zone. National KimberleyCurriculum Services invited me to travel through communities in the Kimberley observing and learning from what was happening in schools and draw parallels with the Make it count project and its cluster findings. This was an amazing time with my new friend and colleague Sue. Draws parallels between Make It Count and schools in the Kimberley region (PDF 1.3mb).

Click here to go to the blog I wrote during the adventure.


Improving mathematics outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners

AAMT Symposium webinar event for remote schools

“Imagine if Aboriginal students in Australia had the same mathematics outcomes as non-Aboriginal students. Australia would be a different place.”

Numeracy, mathematics and Aboriginal learners: Developing responsive mathematics pedagogy

This paper was written with Kylie Toberty from Orange Public School, Stephen Thornton from Charles Darwin Univesity, and Jo Statton from Alberton Primary School for the Mathematics Education and Society Conference (MES7) in Cape Town, South Africa. I presented the paper at this conference as manager of the AAMT Make it count project.

View paper


Make it Count: Numeracy mathematics and Indigenous learners – Not the same old thing

This is the paper Dr Chris Matthews and I wrote for our major presentation at the ACER Conference in Melbourne during 2011.


Make it count: Cultural competency in the mathematics classroom

This discussion paper was written in the early days of the Make it count project. It was a time when there was much discussion about cultural competency and what this might look like in the mathematics classroom. Just writing it was a great help in trying to understand what (culturally) responsive mathematics pedagogy could be.


Interactive numeracies: Maths situations in everyday Indigenous family and community life

This presentation was made at an Aboriginal Education conference. I used an Adnyamathanha string game to show how stories can have lots of maths in them and so can the way they are told (using symbols to tell a story).

You can view information plus materials from the Interactive numeracies resource on the Resources page.


Numeracies in Indigenous communities

I wrote this paper for the ‘Connecting voices in adult mathematics and numeracy: practitioners, researchers and learners’ Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM) 12th International Conference. It is based on the project and resulting resource Interactive numeracies: Maths situations in everyday Indigenous family and community life that can be found on the Resources page.

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