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AAMT position statements and other reports

A key part of the work of AAMT is to develop position papers or other publications that inform policy, decision-making and strategic considerations in relation to mathematics education in Australia.  These reports are listed below. 

AAMT also collates relevant reports produced by third party organisations that may be about maths education in Australia, or beyond, or broader educational and social issues that impact on the teaching and learning of maths. These are given on the page External Reports.

The practice of assessing mathematics learning (2017)

Assessment in mathematics is regularly identified by teachers and schools as a major priority for teacher professional learning programs. This statement updates the original paper published in 2008. It identifies the complexity of the task of assessing students’ mathematics learning, and the importance of doing it well. Hence the statement will assist in the development of programs of professional learning that enhance teachers’ approaches to assessment in mathematics.

Promoting positive attitudes towards mathematics (2015)

While almost everyone in society appreciates the value of mathematics in our everyday life, the majority of people admit to feelings of anxiety and inadequacy when faced with mathematics. This Position Paper calls for approaches and practices that promote positive attitudes to mathematics.

Digital learning in school mathematics (2014)

This position paper is for parents and teachers of mathematics. In this document, ‘digital’ refers to technologies such as graphics calculators, computers, iPads, mobile devices, tablet computers, 3D printing, internet and future developments in computer software and hardware.

Consumer and Financial Literacy in Schools (2012)

Consumer and financial literacy is strongly connected to numeracy. In financial settings, “making informed and confident financial decisions” requires people to draw on both their numeracy and their literacy to achieve the best outcome for their own personal or community context.

Adopted by the January 2009 meeting of the AAMT Council and revised 2012.

Early childhood mathematics (2006)

A joint position paper of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and Early Childhood Australia (the peak advocacy organisation for young children and members of the early childhood profession). This paper recommends appropriate actions to ensure that all young children have access to powerful mathematical ideas and learning in their early years, and to learning that nurtures success and positive dispositions.