Equity for all Bobbie and Jodie Hunter Hui Fono Presentation 2019.pdf

Equity for all Bobbie and Jodie Hunter Hui Fono Presentation 2019.pdf

Dr Jodie Hunter
“Like counting taro instead of tennis balls can make the difference.”
Come meet the Cook Island Mathematician! Dr Jodie Hunter who is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Education at Massey University. She teaches on the subjects of Mathematics and Pasifika education, putting culture, language and social contexts at the centre. Did we mention maths runs in the family. Her māmā is Dr Bobbie Hunter who is also a mathematician and well known for her work in contributing to Pasifika learners doing better in the subject area.

Dr Bobbie Hunter
“I think of tapa and tīvaevae as growing patterns, and growing patterns are very algebraic”
Dr Bobbie Hunter, is Jodie’s māmā, and also a senior lecturer and researcher in mathematics education at the Massey University Albany campus. She has developed ways of linking mathematical concepts to cultural norms. Dr Hunter, who developed a love of maths through watching her Cook Islands mother measuring and making geometric patterns for intricate tivaevae (fabric art) patterns, says maths teaching needs to be done in a cultural framework using problem-solving examples that reflect the lives of the students.