ERIC Number: ED400171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Mathematical Knowledge and Understanding for Effective Participation in Australian Society. A National Statement on Mathematics for Australian Schools.
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, Adelaide.
In a multicultural society such as Australia, it can be difficult to acquire a strong mathematics education because of language, locale, or other differences including access to technology. The widespread use of devices such as calculators and computers has changed the nature of work. It has become more important for students to have the confidence to use their mathematical knowledge and be able to apply mathematics throughout their lives. It is in the national interest that schools promote high levels of achievement with rigorous mathematics programs. All Australian citizens need a broad understanding of mathematics if they are to participate in decision-making about their social environment. This paper identifies a set of exit learnings for mathematics that should be built up through mathematical experiences during the students' school years. Basic concepts include number, space, measurement, chance and statistics, the representation of mathematical ideas, and applying mathematics to solve problems. The understanding of these mathematics concepts--linked to personal, vocational and civic lives--underpin most other branches of human learning, such as the sciences, social sciences, arts, business, trades, design, and further mathematics itself. (AIM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, Inc., GPO Box 1729, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, Adelaide.
Identifiers - Location: Australia