Griffith supports summit to meet numeracy challenges

The major challenges facing educators and the community was explored at the inaugural Queensland Numeracy Summit at the Pullman Hotel, Brisbane held June 16.

Supported by Griffith University’s School of Education and Professional Studies, the Queensland College of Teachers and the Queensland Deans of Education Forum, the summit discussed ways to equip teachers with numerate practices in 21st Century classrooms.

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Griffith School of Education Dean Professor Donna Pendergast said numeracy was not to be confused with mathematics.

“It’s an essential life skill that cuts across all disciplines: music, arts, science, health and education,’’ she said.

“We want all students to have the confidence to deal with mathematical concepts in everyday situations, whether it’s planning a budget, or just working out a mobile phone plan.”

Emceed by media personality, Adam Spencer, the summit follows the Queensland College of Teachers Numeracy Forum held the day prior. Outcomes from the forum were discussed at the summit.

“The summit will identify proactive strategies, construct a shared philosophy and develop strategies to enhance student outcomes,’’ Professor Pendergast said.

“Working with the Queensland Deans of Education Forum and the Queensland College of Teachers, we want numeracy to be incorporated across all our initial teacher education and postgraduate education courses.”

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Program: Master of Teaching (Primary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1.5 years

Program: Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Location: Gold Coast & Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: January/February
Duration: 1 year


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