Use it or Lose it: Mathematics for Language Maintenance

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Abstract

The aims of a study to teach mathematics in Mawng, an Australian Indigenous language, shifted from providing a foundation to enhance transferral to English to involving a language maintenance aspect. The study took place in a multilingual community. The roles of multiple Indigenous languages in a mathematics lesson are reported on. It is argued that the use of the multiple languages as resources in the mathematics class contribute to the reinforcing the political status of Mawng in the community, including as a language of formal education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsGregory Hine, Susan Blackley, Audrey Cooke
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Pages244-251
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventMERGA Conference 2019: Mathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice - Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Duration: 30 Jun 20194 Jul 2019
Conference number: 42nd
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Conference

ConferenceMERGA Conference 2019
CountryAustralia
CityPerth
Period30/06/194/07/19
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    Edmonds-Wathen, C. (2019). Use it or Lose it: Mathematics for Language Maintenance. In G. Hine, S. Blackley, & A. Cooke (Eds.), Mathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice: Proceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 244-251). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.