Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 417. Updated Tuesday, 08 July 2014

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Maths and science plans add up

Australian universities will be given a boost to promote the study of maths and science.

Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne said funding would help 10 universities across Australia deliver innovative maths and science projects worth $16.4 million over four years.

Mr Pyne said these universities would work in partnership with schools and other organisations to promote study of these disciplines at a school and tertiary level.

"The Government is supporting better learning in science, mathematics and related subjects because a strong capability in these areas is crucial to our future national prosperity," he said.

Mr Pyne said the funding would be provided under the Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program (AMSPP) competitive grants round.

"These grants will support increasing mentoring in science subjects, teacher training and professional development to improve teacher quality, and increasing women's and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in maths and science," he said.

Unis to link with schools

"The selected projects offer fresh and practical approaches to increasing opportunities for all students in all States and Territories."

Mr Pyne said the projects included: RMIT's Making Something Out of Maths, a project that showed students some of the real-world applications of mathematics; University of Melbourne's Growing Tall Poppies, where female students would work on science projects with mentoring and career guidance from scientists; and University of SA's Excellence and Equity in Maths, a project to improve Indigenous students' achievement in mathematics and numeracy education at the high school level, better equipping them to go on to university.

Mr Pyne said it was important to remember that mathematics was the only subject that consistently underpinned capability in many fields of science, and that better support for teachers meant students would be encouraged to continue their science and mathematics study through senior secondary school and on to university.

Details of the projects can be found at this PS News link.

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