Locating the Learner: Indigenous Language and Mathematics Education

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    Indigenous language speaking students in remote Northern Territory schools are expectedto learn mathematics in English and are assessed in English. Most teachers in these schools have little knowledge of the mathematical concepts with which their students start school. This paper reports on the initial findings of a project which is investigating spatial concepts in Iwaidja, an Indigenous language spoken in the NT. Examples of spatial frame of reference preferences in Iwaidja and related languages are compared with those taken for granted by English speakers. Implications for mathematics teaching are explored in the context of an Australian Curriculum.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 34th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia and the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers
    EditorsJulie Clark, Barry Kissane, Judith Mousley, Toby Spencer, Steve Thornton
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherAustralian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)978-1-875900-69-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventMathematics: Traditions and [new] practices - Alice Springs
    Duration: 3 Jul 20117 Jul 2011


    ConferenceMathematics: Traditions and [new] practices


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