Murdoch to transform mathematics education in Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Peel regions

October 17, 2016

The Murdoch Pathways to STEM program will commence in 2017

The Murdoch Pathways to STEM program will commence in 2017

Murdoch University has won a grant worth $166,433 to support mathematics education in WA regional and remote high schools.

The funding will be used to deliver the Murdoch Pathways to STEM program, which will provide mathematics support and mentoring to students in selected schools throughout the Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Peel regions.

This builds on the MAP4U aspirations program run by Murdoch University, which currently operates in Rockingham, Mandurah and Kwinana.

The Murdoch Pathways to STEM program will enhance opportunities for these regional students to go to university to undertake science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.

The program will be open to students from selected schools in these regions enrolled in Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) Mathematics Specialist and Mathematics Methods.

Students selected for Murdoch’s Pathways to STEM program will participate in online and blended learning tutorial sessions after school twice a week, have individual access to Murdoch tutors to address specialised questions, and participate in intensive on campus ATAR exam preparation sessions.

“We need many more year 11 and 12 students in WA schools, especially in outer metropolitan schools, doing maths and science to prepare for future careers in our hi-tech, digital world,” said Murdoch University Provost Professor Andrew Taggart.

“This program will provide an essential platform to boost the number of students choosing and succeeding in mathematics in their Year 12 studies, particularly from regional and remote areas, and low socio-economic status backgrounds.”

Professor Taggart said the program provided far more than mathematics tutoring to participants.

“The program will encourage the development of students’ thinking and analytical skills, and provide a pathway into university that does not require bridging courses in STEM subjects,” he added.

Murdoch University will connect the students enrolled in the program with current university undergraduates who can provide mathematics tutoring and mentoring for a future STEM-related career.

These mentors will be on hand to support the high school students as they unravel the mysteries of university life, the alternative pathways into university and career pathways.

Funding for the Murdoch Pathways to STEM program has come from the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program. The Murdoch Pathways to STEM program will commence in 2017.

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