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Inspiring mathematics and science in teacher education (IMSITE)

This national project aims to improve the quality of mathematics and science teaching and learning in schools.

The overarching objectives of the project are:
  1. To foster genuine, lasting collaboration between mathematicians, scientists, and mathematics/science teacher educators who prepare future teachers of secondary school mathematics and science, with an emphasis on the middle-school years.
  2. To identify and institutionalise new ways of integrating the content expertise of mathematicians and scientists, and the pedagogical expertise of mathematics and science teacher educators.
This is an issue high on the agenda of governments, universities, and the teaching profession itself. Demand for well-qualified teachers is an area of pressure at a time when teacher education in Australia is coming under increasing scrutiny due to the emergence of a national education policy environment.

The University of Newcastle is working in partnership with 5 other universities on this project: University of Queensland, University of Sydney, University of Tasmania, University of Wollongong and James Cook University.

Our team:

The UoN IMSITE team members are Dr Peter Howley, Dr Andrew Kepert, Dr Adam Lloyd, Dr Judy-anne Osborn, Dr Elena Prieto, Dr Malcolm Roberts, with Project Officer Edwina Butler.

In the news:

Public Lecture (December 2015)
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A public lecture on "Journeys Through Mathematics and Life" was held in Newcastle on 8th December, 2015. It was the result of a collaboration between IMSITE and ANZAMP (the Australian New Zealand Association of Mathematical Physics), and brought together a head mathematics teacher and a professor of mathematics in a joint forum.

NME Conference community.
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In May 2015 a wide range of Maths educators from across the region met. Participants ranged from pre-service teachers to experienced teacher leaders through to academics from both the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and the School of Education. Feedback from participants is driving initiatives to support this community.

International win for National Schools Poster Competition.
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Dr Peter Howley has developed a National Schools Poster competition to support better statistical literacy in education. The 2014 National Junior Division winners were also winners of the 2015 International Statistical Literacy Project — Junior Division! See ssaipostercomp.info for details.

The next Newcastle Maths Educator Conference (NMEC II) is planned for 2016.