ResearchCrowd’s co-founders worked with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers’ on their Make It Count Project. The aim of the project was to improve the learning outcomes of Indigenous students in mathematics, as part of the Closing the Gap expansion of intensive literacy and numeracy programs initiative. Our role was to consult with stakeholders, including: school principals, teachers, students, parents and the broader community. We wanted to know how parents were involved with their children’s school, and to better understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perceptions of mathematics. We collected data during our consultations and analysed the findings. We produced a series of evaluation case studies as part of an evidence base of practices for improving learning outcomes of Indigenous students in mathematics. Our involvement helped the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers to ascertain whether they were getting the results expected from their four-year, Make It Count Project, and informed future investment options. Our findings were presented in two reports for different readers. Our special thanks to Dr Chris Matthews for alerting us to this important research initiative, and to St Peter Claver College in the Nerang Cluster in Queensland for making us so welcome.
ResearchCrowd is proud to be a member of the recently formed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance – ATSIMA – a non-profit member based group represented across Australia. ATSIMA are inspiring, promoting and supporting improved mathematics outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. For more information, contact Dr Chris Matthews.