Maths curriculum

Why kids under five must start learning to code

By Jo Bird

There’s a lot of pressure to learn coding in primary school to develop 21st century computational skills. But I think we should start in preschool. Schools and governments recognise the need for teaching 21st century skills. We can see the evidence for that in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. But just as we teach preschool children

Lazy, crazy mathematicians and other myths we need to bust

By Vesife Hatisaru

Creating opportunities for students to develop ‘healthy’ images of mathematicians and mathematics is paramount. The images of mathematics

Five questions to ask if you think teaching problem-solving works

By John Sweller

Every few decades there is a campaign to include general problem-solving and thinking skills in school curricula. The motivation is understandable. Everyone would like our schools to enhance students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Because it is so obviously important for students to have such skills, these campaigns are frequently successful in including thinking and

How to do the sums for an excellent maths curriculum

By Kathryn Holmes and Catherine Attard

As we await the release of a new Australian curriculum for mathematics, debates about its contents are developing. As is typical with educational debates, the issues are often painted in binary terms: traditional vs progressive, explicit teaching vs problem solving, content vs skills, procedural vs conceptual knowledge. In mathematics education, these debates have existed for