REVIEW OF LITERATURE
In response to the substantial under-representation of Indigenous students studying STEM subjects in universities in Australia a National Audit and Review of literature was conducted to critically examine the presence of Excellence and Equity in Mathematics Education and STEM.
There is serious concern globally and in Australia regarding the apparent decline in both achievement and in participation in STEM learning in the later years of high school and in universities (Kennedy, Lyons & Quinn 2014; Wilson, Dalton & Baumann 2015).
Excellence and Equity in Mathematics [XE] thus aims to understand how Australian universities are currently developing initiatives to improve successful Higher Education study pathways for Indigenous students in the disciplines underpinned by science and mathematics. This project arises in response to the substantial under-representation of Indigenous students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in Australian universities.