Lyn English

Speaker: Lyn English, Professor of Education, School of Curriculum,
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Procrastinator Theater, Strand Union Building

Title: Advancing Mathematics Education Within a STEM Climate

Sponsoring department: Mathematical Sciences


This talk will address the current status of STEM education, including various perspectives on what such education entails, the urgency with which nations are addressing it, and suggested reasons for the rise of a “STEM crisis.” In exploring the last issue, consideration will be given to an apparent inequitable discipline focus, with the profile of mathematics education needing attention. With one explanation for the current “crisis” residing in students’ lack of STEM literacy, suggestions for elevating the profile of mathematics will be offered. One approach lies in promoting mathematical (and statistical) literacy through modeling with data. Classroom examples include developing models for solving engineering-based problems and for investigating international sports events. 

About the speaker:

Lyn English is a STEM in Education Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. She undertakes research in mathematics education and in STEM more broadly, spanning K-8. Her areas of research, supported by grants from the Australian Research Council, include STEM integration, engineering education, mathematical modelling, problem solving and reasoning, statistics education, and early mathematics learning. English is a Fellow of The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and is founding editor (1997) of the international journal, Mathematical Thinking and Learning (Taylor & Francis). She is a Senior Research Scientist (Adjunct) for the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and is a member of the advisory board for INSPIRE (Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning) at Purdue University.