Quebec Mathematical Sciences Colloquium

November 5, 2021 from 15:30 to 16:30 (Montreal/EST time)

Mathematics has a history and a geography

Colloquium presented by Louise Poirier (Université de Montréal)

The presentation is divided in two parts. First, the main results of our study on the “mathematical portrait” of Québec students carried out as part of the En avant math! Project (CRM-CIRANO joint project supported by the Ministry of Finance) will be presented. This report is based on the one hand on the results of the international TIMS and PISA tests for Québec elementary and secondary school students and on the other hand, on the situation of mathematics in Québec universities based on data from the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) in terms of evolution of student enrollments and portrait of students ( gender and status). BCI data shows that the typical student enrolled in math at Québec universities is a Canadian citizen, white and male. And the total number of registrants decreases each year (except, perhaps for the PhD students). Where are the girls? Where are the students from recent immigration? And yet on the PISA and TIMMS tests, immigrant students perform better in Canada than Canadian students (the opposite is true for most of the OECD countries).

Then, in the light of the results of the student portrait, we will discuss the social issues for more inclusive mathematics. Collaborative research with the Inuit communities of Nunavik will illustrate our point.

Note: Denis Gued will excuse me for borrowing this title. These words are reflected in his interview "Let's make mathematics amiable" with L’express.