New Zealand Mathematical Society Education Group
The New Zealand Mathematical Society Education Group’s aim is to advocate for the enhancement of mathematics education in New Zealand through collaborative and constructive engagement with stakeholders.
The education group is currently considering two focus areas:
1. Liaison between education sectors.
2. First Year in Mathematics Teaching (FYiMaths): improve outcomes for students in undergraduate mathematics courses by sharing and developing teaching practices and building connections between secondary schools and universities.
Working Towards a Vision of NZ Secondary School Mathematics for the 21st Century
The Education Group has been holding dialogue towards creating a shared vision of 21st century mathematics for NZ secondary schools. In 2018, we established a foundational goal to guide the discussions.
Given the value of mathematics and statistics education to young people, at all attainment levels, and its crucial importance for future economic prosperity, any changes to NCEA should support the following goal:
All students should experience mathematics and statistics teaching that engenders the development of mathematical problem solving, reasoning, conceptual understanding and fluency, underpinned by confidence and competence in the skills of mathematics and statistics. Teachers and schools need to be given the systematic support and tools to enable this.
We would like to see more students engaged in Level 1 Mathematics and Statistics. Standards should be engaging, impactful, accessible (possibly using technology), and relevant to students.
We want students to see and understand that:
We want students to have mathematical experiences which include:
NZMS Colloquium Education Day.
NZ Association of Mathematics Teachers conference.
October in odd-numbered years.
Every odd-numbered year. These are Southern Hemisphere symposia for academics interested in undergraduate mathematics and statistics education, including disciplinary specialists, education theorists, and tertiary education practitioners across sciences and engineering. In 2021 it will be based in Auckland but held virtually, November 22-25. https://www.herengadelta.org/
NZ Association of Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT) 2019 in October 1-4, Wellington.
Various members of the committee are running workshops. Look for workshops by Peter Beir, Dillon Mayhew, Julia Crawford, Kerri Spooner, Cami Sawyer with Rebekah Ward, Rachel Passmore, and Julia Novak.
NZMS Colloquium at Massey University, Palmerston North, December 3-5, 2019.
A regular feature of NZMS colloquiums is a Teacher Day, with a programme of talks, workshops and presentations on mathematics education issues. Also the Mathematics and Statistics groups at Massey University, with the support of the Manawatu Mathematics Teacher Association, hold an annual the Mathematics and Statistics Forum aimed at secondary and tertiary teachers and researchers. This year, the Colloquium’s Teacher Day, planned for Wednesday, December 4, will merge these two events.
The day will include keynote speakers and sessions of interest to mathematicians, statisticians, mathematics and statistics teachers, and mathematics education researchers.
The Teacher Day is organised by Cami Sawyer.
We encourage submissions on a variety of educational topics. In particular,
We would be interested in grouping these presentations around a theme and possibly holding a related panel discussion. These might be scheduled on any day of the colloquium.
Igor' Kontorovich (UoA) and Ian Jones (Loughborough University) are offering a 2-hour workshop Thursday, December 5 (afternoon) for all university teachers who are interested in refining their mathematics teaching, ‘From undergraduates' systematic errors to tacit models that govern their thinking.’ In a discursive and collaborative environment, we will engage with contemporary research in mathematics education and put it in use to construct models of students' ways of thinking based on data from thousands of undergraduates. The workshop is partially funded by the International Group of Mathematics Education and fully supported by NZMS.
Workshop at University of Auckland, March 2019.
Post-rigorous thinking in Undergraduate Mathematics’ workshop with a focus on teaching and assessing for understanding, Keith Devlin.
NZMS Colloquium at University of Otago, December 2018.
NZMS Colloquium at University of Auckland, December 2017.
NZ Association of Mathematics Teachers (NZAMT) 2017 in Christchurch
The NZMS Education Group has a core Executive, listed below, as well as several members who contribute and stay in the loop.
The education group is eager to engage with the mathematical community.
To become actively involved in the group or to make suggestions or comments, email NZMSed@gmail.com.