The senior secondary Mathematics curriculum values the histories, cultures, traditions and languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their central place in contemporary Australian society and culture. Through the study of mathematics within relevant contexts, students are given opportunities to develop their understanding and appreciation of the diversity of cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their contribution to Australian society.
There are strong social, cultural and economic reasons for Australian students to engage with Asia and with the contribution of Asian Australians to our society and heritage. It is through the study of mathematics in an Asian context that a creative and forward-looking Australia can truly engage with our place in the region. By analysing relevant data, students have opportunities to develop an understanding of the diversity of Asia’s peoples, environments, and traditional and contemporary cultures.
Each of the senior mathematics subjects provides the opportunity for the development of informed and reasoned points of view, discussion of issues, research and problem solving. Teachers are therefore encouraged to select contexts for discussion that are connected with sustainability. Through the analysis of data, students have the opportunity to research and discuss sustainability and learn the importance of respecting and valuing a wide range of world views.
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