On Tuesday December 3, the Australian Mathematics Society will hold a free education afternoon at Monash University, Clayton, as part of their annual conference. The talk details are below, and full details are here (and the lecture theatre details are below). You aren’t required to register, but you can do so here (and it is appreciated if you do).

**UPDATE** The talks will take place in **Lecture theatre G81** of the Learning & Teaching Building (the bus stop side of Clayton campus). There’s a map of Clayton campus here.

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**1:30 Joanna Sikora:**

**Advancing Women in Australian Mathematics: context, challenges and achievements**

This talk reviews recent research undertaken by social scientists on women in mathematics. First, adopting a life-course perspective it summarises findings on the persisting gap in vocational interest in mathematics among adolescent boys and girls, including its potential to widen over time. Systematic differences between boys and girls in the choice of basic and advanced mathematics for ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) are discussed. Next, the consequences of these choices for tertiary education specialisations and availability of suitably qualified male and female graduates are considered.

Following this introduction, the talk summarizes research on underrepresentation of women in mathematics departments in Australia and across the world. The focus is on structural and institutional process which, over the course of individual careers, can amount to significant disadvantage even in the absence of overt discrimination. Topics discussed include cultural stereotypes that link perceptions of brilliance and academic talent with masculinity, gender differences in professional capital, i.e. peer esteem, accorded to male and female mathematicians, the gender gap in rates of publications and impact, documented bias in student evaluations and factors that enable success in establishing international collaborations. The talk concludes by summarizing the literature on practical steps that we can take to improve gender equity.

**2:20 Julia Collins and Katherine Seaton: Knitting and Folding Mathematics**

Mathematical thinking is not confined to mathematicians, but one place you may not expect to find it is in the world of crafts. Even the most maths-anxious knitters will display an astonishing familiarity with concepts from geometry, topology, number theory and coding, while modern origami artists are turning to mathematical algorithms to create models previously thought to be unfoldable. This talk will highlight a number of surprising connections between maths and craft, and will be followed by a hands-on session facilitated by Maths Craft Australia where people can create some mathematical craft for themselves. (Knitting/crochet needles and origami paper will be provided, but participants are also encouraged to bring their own! Knitting in the audience is strictly encouraged.)

**2:45 Afternoon Tea**

**3:10 Marty Ross: How I teach, why the Mathologer is evil, and other indiscrete thoughts**

In this shamelessly narcissistic talk I will reveal the One True Secret to teaching mathematics. Along the way I will explain why you can and should ignore STEM, calculators, Mathematica, iPads, the evil Mathologer, constructivism, growth mindset, SOLO, Bloom, flipping classrooms, centering children, lesson plans, skeleton notes, professional standards and professional development and many other modern absurdities.

**3:35 David Treeby: How to Instil Mathematical Culture in Secondary Education**

**4:00 Burkard Polster: Mathologer: explaining tricky maths on YouTube**

In this session I’ll talk about my experience running the YouTube channel Mathologer and I’ll give you a sneak peek of the video that I am currently working on.

I wish I could go! But, Valentina will be there, and so I’m here happily on Dad duty. Best of luck with the talks. Recording or streaming?

Thanks, Glen. Not sure about taping, etc.

Maybe turn the talk into post on this blog? Would love to hear more!

Hmm. I think of these talks as their own self-contained thing. I’m not sure they translate directly or easily or well to written form. But I’ve been been banging the same drum for twenty years, and plenty of the substance could be written up. I’m

tryingto find the time to write longer and deeper pieces for the blog, but it’s not easy.I’ve registered, and hoping I can leave school in time to make it for your talk.

Thanks for organising this!

Cool!

Thanks Marty.

It was great meeting you and watching your talk, on top of being astoundingly hilarious it also showed just how messed up things are in secondary maths education.

Thanks, Steve. It was great to meet you. It was a fun day. Note that the only person who said anything of genuine value was David Treeby. You, and everyone, should watch for everything he does.