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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    Edmonds-Wathen, C., Sakopa, P., Owens, K., & Bino, V. (2014). Indigenous Languages and Mathematics in Elementary Schools. In J. Anderson, M. Cavanagh, & A. Prescot (Eds.), Curriculum in focus: Research guides practice (Proceedings of the 37 the annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 207-217). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.