Community Learning


In the YuMi Deadly Centre's Community Learning projects, researchers work collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities beyond school to support parents with teaching their children about science, mathematics and literacy in a way that is contextualised to culture and home language.

YDC does not have any current Community Learning projects but would like to secure more projects in this area in the future. If you are interested in developing a Community Learning project, please contact us. For information on past Community Learning projects, see Past Projects tab.


Current projects

There are no current projects in Community Learning. If you are interested in developing a project, please contact us.

Past projects

Community-based Mathematics Early Learning: 2009–11

This project examined how Torres Strait Islander parents conceptualise their role in their children's numeracy education and how they can be supported with enhancing the lives of their children through the teaching of this important area. It was funded by a QUT Women in Research grant.

The project looked at the challenges parents face when enacting this role within the contexts of their daily lives. It assisted parents with supporting their children's numeracy learning prior to the commencement of school in ways that were culturally relevant for their community, and which aligned with Indigenous education and policy and current research directions in Indigenous Early Childhood Mathematics Education.

Publications arising from this project are available through QUT ePrints under author B Ewing.

Weipa Parents as First Teachers (PAFT): 2008

This project worked with parents and community members in association with the Parents as First Teachers program run by Western Cape College, Weipa in 2008. YDC staff ran PL sessions for parents which focused on new approaches to teaching mathematics and ran make-and-take days where parents could build mathematics games to play with their children.

Working with parents is a common result of YDC staff visits to schools. We are interested in new projects of this type.


QUT YuMi Deadly Centre

Phone: +61 07 3138 0035
Fax: +61 07 3138 3985

School of Curriculum
Faculty of Education
Queensland University of Technology
Kelvin Grove Campus
S Block, Victoria Park Road
Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059