Numbers and Nerds: Exploring Maths in the Media


In this session, we will present findings from a research-practice partnership in which Jennifer conducted academic research about representations of maths and mathematicians in children’s media, and then Michael explored the same topic with his class of Year 5/6 students. We will share our findings from the two projects, including examples from popular media sources such as The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons, and the Harry Potter series. This presentation will address the importance of media representations in shaping students’ views of and attitudes towards maths and mathematicians, as well as towards themselves as learners of mathematics. Finally, we will also share some practical suggestions for implementing a similar project with your own students.

Jennifer Hall
Michael Minas

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
G-37 07/12/2018 11:00 am 12:00 pm La Trobe University
I-20 07/12/2018 02:30 pm 03:30 pm La Trobe University


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