Stories we tell ourselves: teaching maths

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Thursday 29 October 2015

The College of Education invites you to attend the eighth seminar in the 2015 Diamond Series, Stories we tell ourselves about teaching and learning mathematics. The seminar will be presented by Professor Pat Drake, Professor, STEM Education Strategic Initiatives at Victoria University, as part of the VU Research Festival.

In this seminar we will consider how different people teaching mathematics themselves relate to mathematics. Mathematics can be a difficult and despotic subject, one with which even aficionados have a tricky relationship.

To stimulate discussion Professor Drake will draw on testimony from different groups of people who teach mathematics: 

  • highly attaining mathematics graduates
  • teaching assistants
  • practitioners teaching vocationally related core skills
  • primary teachers
  • university teachers of fields other than mathematics
  • career changers
  • parents and carers.

About the presenter

Professor Pat Drake

An experienced teacher educator, Professor Pat Drake's interests lie in supporting research and teaching in practice. Originally a teacher of mathematics in the inner city and a trained statistician, Pat changed course when small-scale projects about what people do in practice thwarted the use of statistical techniques.

About the Diamond Series

The Diamond Series: Education conversations in the community is a series of 10 engaging and insightful seminars about the latest topics and research in education.

The College of Education invites students, teachers and the wider community the engage in these stimulating conversations.

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29 October 2015, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Get in touch

Professor Maureen Ryan
College of Education
9919 4179