Maths helps shape the future

Monday, 27 November, 2000

The Maths that picked two of three placegetters in the recent Caulfield Cup and Australia's Olympic gold and total medal tallies, is also crucial for Australia's economic and social survival.

This is the message of the 2001 Maths Teachers' Conference called Shaping Australia. The conference, sponsored by Casio, will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra from 15th-19th January 2001.

The focus of the conference will be on maths at school as the key to developing problem solving, communication and critical thinking in an internationally competitive workforce.

The 2001 conference will involve around 100 presenters from Australia and overseas. Keynote speakers will include Professor Marilyn Frankenstein from the University of Massachusetts who will outline how maths competence can help combat institutional discrimination, and Dr Jan de Lange, Freudenthal Institute, Netherlands who will be involved in the analysis of Australian results of an international research project assessing students' maths and science literacy.

For more information, contact Diana Wolfe on (03) 9328 5305 or email

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