Maximising Success in Mathematics for Disadvantaged Students

The aim of this project, undertaken between 2004-2006, was to identify strategies that teachers can use to overcome the obvious disadvantage some school students experience in learning mathematics. At the time of this study,  working class and Indigenous students in Australian schools are performing very much worse than their peers in mathematics. Some currently recommended teaching strategies may be actually exacerbating this disadvantage. This project will identify the factors contributing to the lack of success of these students, and offer strategies that teachers can use to ensure that students from disadvantaged backgrounds have the same opportunities to learn mathematics as other students.

Funded by an ARC Discovery Grant, the research team consisted of Professor Peter Sullivan, Ms Judy Mousley, and Professor Robyn Jorgensen (Zevenbergen).