Great Expectations: Teaching Mathematics in English to Indigenous Language Speaking Students

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    Abstract

    Effective mathematics teaching for Indigenous language speaking students, currently the lowest achieving group in Australia, needs to be based on fair expectations of both students and teachers. Teacher interviews in a small Northern Territory school, conducted within an ethnographic study, showed that teachers’ decisions regarding level of mathematics curriculum taught were informed by students’ prior learning and by the language dynamic in their classrooms. The need and pressure to teach Standard Australian English also affected how mathematics was taught.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMathematics Education
    Subtitle of host publicationYesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
    EditorsV Steinle, L Ball, C Bardini
    Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
    PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    Pages266-273
    Number of pages8
    Volume1
    ISBN (Print)978-0-7340-4844-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventMathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia - Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 7 Jul 201311 Jul 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceMathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    Period7/07/1311/07/13

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