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Key concepts

Key concepts are the big ideas and understandings that we hope will remain with our students long after they have left school.

The following are the key concepts in mathematics and statistics.

Change and variation

Students uncover stories in which variation is omnipresent.

Mathematics and statistics can be used to model the beating of the heart and explore the efficacy of heart medications.

Structure and generalisation

Students unlock stories using models, abstractions, and representations.

Mathematics and statistics can be used to investigate climate change and design new virtual worlds.

Argumentation and proof

Students tell stories using evidence and reasoning.

Mathematics and statistics can be used to triangulate forensic data and prove Pythagoras’ theorem in more than 300 different ways.

Last updated August 2, 2010