“Why do we teach Mathematics in school? What do we want students to learn?”
The most common responses to these questions are
- for its own sake because it is a beautiful and amazing human accomplishment;
- to be prepared for university and future careers, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields
- to develop conceptual understanding and problem solving
- to engage in reasoning and argumentation
- to develop rational and logical thought (which is required in many areas of life)
- to practise high levels of cognition which is beneficial to an individual in many ways
It is also important that students see the role of mathematics in their daily lives, their community practices, and their cultural backgrounds.
At Killester College, students study a common core of Mathematics from Year 7 through to Year 9. In Year 10 the students select a maths subject, which will best prepare them for VCE Mathematics and their future pathways. The Year 10 students can choose to do core, Advanced (10A) or Foundation Units 1/2 Mathematics.
All of the VCE Mathematics subjects are offered in Units 1 – 4: General Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.