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'"Functional" Mathematics in an Electronic Age - What Should We Teach?" (Dr. Rhona Faragher)


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The University of Tasmania are hosting a public lecture by Dr. Rhonda Faragher. Speaking from both a personal and professional perspective, Dr. Faragher highlights the best strategies for including all students, with a particular focus on students with a disability, in the Mathematics classroom. She does so with poise, practicality and a good dose of humour.

The lecture:

The term ‘functional’ mathematics has tended to focus on basic arithmetic (often using written methods or rote learning of number facts), money (particularly tending currency and calculating change), and time. Perhaps these aspects were important for numerate adult citizenship in the past but what is ‘functional mathematics’ in our present age? How do we determine what and how mathematics should be taught in this electronic age where the tools of mathematics are so readily available?

Dr. Rhonda Faragher:

Rhonda Faragher is a Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education at The University of Queensland and the Director of the Down Syndrome Research Program.
“Functional” mathematics in an electronic age – what should we teach?

Who for?: Mathematics educators, school leaders and those who work with students with a disability (parents, teachers, teacher-assistants, support workers, etc.)

When: 17th April, 6pm (refreshments served from 5:30pm)

Where: Sir Raymond Ferrall Lecture Theater, University of Tasmania, Newnham Campus (Launceston)

To register: Note that this event is run by the University of Tasmania and all queries regarding registration should be directed to the event organiser, not MAT.

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