Maths, story and dance: an Indigenous approach to teaching

Dr Chris Matthews

A new method using culture-based storytelling to teach maths to Aboriginal children is reaping results.

Aboriginal school children on average lag two years behind their non-Indigenous peers when it comes to maths, but according to one expert we can bridge the gap by paying better attention to culture.

“Maths and science are very much seen, from an Aboriginal point of view, as a white fella thing,” said Dr Christopher Matthews (pictured), of Griffith University, who is just one of a handful of Aboriginal people to earn a PhD in mathematics.

Dr Matthews is from the Quandamooka people of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island), but grew up in Toowoomba.

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