“Our Knowledge Does Connect to Mathematics”: How the Understanding of Cultural Connectivity is Being used to Teach Maths

27th Nov 2018

New teaching method that embrace the all-inclusive Aboriginal  cultural belief systems are being utilised  in a bid to see more First Nations students successful in mathematics.

The first Yolngu Principal of the Yirrkala Community School and Yothu Yindi lead singer, the late Dr Yunupingu, said he believed that the closest connection between western knowledge and Yolngu knowledge is mathematics.  

Dr Chris Matthews, a Noonuccal and Quandamooka man who is the Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mathematics Alliance, and has been working with the North East Arhnem Community, agrees. 

Dr Matthews, who was a key note speaker at this years 'National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Conference' says he developed his passion for maths at a young age and believes that intrinsically, First Nations children who know their cultural systems, have a natural understanding maths.

To find out more about it ... CAAMA's Teghan Hughes spoke with Dr Matthews and had a very interesting chat!! 

Click below to hear it ----->