Practices contributing to mathematics success in a low socioeconomic rural Victorian school

Steve Murphy

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Mathematics education is seen as a right for all children, and important to ensure a prosperous future. However, in Australia and other nations, rural students perform less well in mathematics, and are less likely to pursue advanced mathematics. This paper presents a case study of an Australian rural school that has high engagement and achievement in senior mathematics, despite its setting. The study uses a practice architectures framework to explore the activities and facilitatory elements that have likely contributed to the school’s mathematics success. Personalising learning, valuing mathematics, building teacher capacity, and linking to careers, were all associated with the school’s higher than expected mathematics performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics education research: Impacting practice
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsGregory Hine, Susan Blackley, Audrey Cooke
Place of PublicationPerth
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781920846312
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event42nd Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2019 - Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Duration: 30 Jun 201904 Jul 2019 (Program) (Proceedings)


Conference42nd Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleMathematics education research: Impacting practice
OtherWelcome to Perth for MERGA 42 for what should be a memorable conference. We are delighted to be hosting this conference as it is 25 years since it was last held in Perth and nine years since it was last hosted in Western Australia. The Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia provides an inclusive and cosmopolitan Conference. We look forward to seeing mathematics educators - and academics involved in mathematics education - from many countries.

The organising committee, consisting of academics from Curtin University and the University of Notre Dame Australia, is confident that the conference program will be well received, as will the accompanying social program.

The conference has a theme of “Research Impacting Practice”. This focus was chosen to advance the mathematical experience of the students to whom we ultimately contribute. We are fortunate to have been able to attract some highly regarded international speakers in Professors Jere Confrey, Paul Cobb, Doug Clements, and Julie Sarama. In addition, Professor Di Siemon will deliver the Clements Foyster Address and Professor Doug Clarke the Teachers’ Day Keynote speech. That is indeed an impressive line-up of speakers who will certainly provide plenty of stimulation.
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