Indigenous Languages and Mathematics in Elementary Schools

Cris Edmonds-Wathen, Priscilla Sakopa, Kay Owens, Vagi Bino

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    Abstract

    Indigenous languages are used for instruction in elementary schools in Papua New Guinea, but teachers have generally received their own education in English. The challenges of identifying terminology to use in mathematics include many-to-one correspondences between English and the vernacular languages, and different grammatical structures. Guidelines to assist teachers need contextualised examples. Teachers also need sufficient mathematical understanding themselves.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCurriculum in focus
    Subtitle of host publicationResearch guides practice (Proceedings of the 37 the annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    EditorsJ. Anderson, M. Cavanagh, A. Prescot
    PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    Pages207-217
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of
    Australasia
    - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 29 Jun 20145 Jul 2014
    Conference number: 37th

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of
    Australasia
    Abbreviated titleMERGA
    CountryAustralia
    CitySydney
    Period29/06/145/07/14

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