Encouraging students to study science and maths at university is only one step in a complex pipeline that turns out specialist teachers.
Recruiting specialist teachers takes more than just encouraging them to study science and maths at university. Governments and wider society needs to come on board too.
How can we change math instruction to meet the needs of today’s kids?
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Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?
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Indigenous students who graduate from university have slightly higher full-time employment prospects than their non-Indigenous peers.
We don't know what knowledge we'll need in the future, and that's where maths research comes in.
Many university degrees require a high level of maths skill.
Lowering maths prerequisites to study science, engineering and commerce at university has led to students playing catch up for years. This should be fixed.
It’s time for Africa to produce the technology it needs, rather than being largely a consumer.
Africa has deep-rooted problems: poverty, disease, corruption and war. Could these be solved through mathematical science?
Today’s students with intentions to study at university do less maths and less science than previous generations.
School leavers are less well prepared to enter STEM courses at university, while many finish high school with no science study at all.
New research for primary and junior secondary schools shows kids prefer to nut out maths problems without the teacher’s help.
Rather than having teachers instruct students on solution methods, many students prefer to work out solutions by themselves or by working with other students.
Less students are choosing to undertake more complex maths subjects because they want to maximise their tertiary admission score.
The percentage of students taking intermediate or advanced mathematics at school has declined significantly. Why is this happening and why does it matter? Why the decline? Some factors that influence whether…