Royal Society Te Apārangi Lecture by Professor Bobbie Hunter

Mathematics and Pasifika: Can one exist without informing the other?
Bobbie Hunter will present an invited lecture [6.30 pm Nov 22, Albany Campus] at as part of Royal Society Te Apārangi celebrations on becoming 150 years old. Featured as one of five Massey women researchers, the focus of Bobbie’s research and practice is on honouring the students’ culture and language, to build in students’ positive cultural and mathematical identities. A Professor of Mathematics Education in CeRME, Bobbie encourages Pasifika students to recognise their own mathematical strengths they have within their own culture. For example, she uses her own great grandfather’s boat building and navigation skills, and her mother’s skill at making tivaevae as examples of her own inheritance of mathematics from her Cook Island forebears. Through the Developing Mathematics Inquiry Communities Project (DMIC), Bobbie works with teachers to draw on the Pasifika values and the students’ cultural background to make mathematics real and meaningful but also to engage their participation in mathematical reasoning and communication.