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Enriching Maths and Science Learning: an interdisciplinary approach

The IMS (Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Science) Learning project is an international, longitudinal project which aims to develop and investigate the effectiveness of an innovative interdisciplinary learning approach in mathematics and science. Working with primary schools in Australia and the United States of America (USA), it is investigating how students’ invention and transformation of representational systems can connect to support deeper reasoning and learning in both subjects.

The project is intended to inform interdisciplinary curricular designs that leverage students’ representational practices across the STEM disciplines to promote more robust and generative knowledge and practice.

It allows me (teacher) to see what the students actually know and can do…

Year 5 teacher

It increases student engagement and ownership of their learning…

Year 4 teacher

It is meaningful for the students… they’ve collected the data, they’ve experienced it

Year 1 Teacher

I was guessing, I didn’t really know… now I know and understand

Year 2 student

Students are demonstrating data representations beyond Year Level expectations

Year 2 Teacher

The purposeful nature of lessons means higher student engagement

Year 4 Teacher

I didn’t know what I was doing but look at my data now!

Year 1 student

I love investigating!

Year 1 student

Science and Maths are like colours

You mix them together and you get something else that’s really good, but it’s sort of still the same.

Year 1 student

Science gives the real problems for the maths to solve

Year 1 student

Maths and Science together makes sense!

Year 4 student