This conference will be the first mathematics education conference held in a Yolngu Community. It will provide delegates the opportunity to be immersed in a Yolngu Community, in Yolngu Language and Culture and explore the teaching and learning of mathematics that values our cultures.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others around the ATSIMA vision ‘All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners will be successful in mathematics.’ ATSIMA previous conferences estabilshed the need to have a revolution in mathematics education to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners. The theme for ATSIMA 2020 Nhe Waŋana Nhe Djämamirriyaŋa Speak It You Create It furthers the idea of a revolution in education. Nhe Waŋana - Speak it, refers to the importance of valuing all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in education. A need for a bilingual education where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners have the opportunity to learn in their language throughout the education journey. All languages incapsulate important concepts about the world, Nhe Djämamirriyaŋana - You create it, is about understanding these important concepts, their relationship to mathematics and how we can create a future together.
The conference will be shaped by the philosophies that have underpined the development of Garma Mathematics at Yirrkala Community School and, through this structure, we will explore what it means to understand mathematics from Yolŋu perspectives, including other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and Western perpsectives. From moving through these different cultural landscapes we will build stronger connections and work together to reshape Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in mathematics.
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Prof. Chris Matthews