Using Mawng language spatial terms in school

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This study investigates children’s spatial terminology in Mawng and explores how Mawng spatial terms can be used in school mathematics lessons at Warruwi school in small community in northern Australia. Education in Indigenous languages in Australia has always been fitted into a model of bilingual education. Warruwi has changed from being bilingual to English only, but is now reintroducing Mawng. The project investigates whether using Mawng in mathematics lessons helps reinforce and maintain local ways of talking about space and location. It also provides an opportunity for teaching staff who speak Mawng to take on more responsibility for the content of the class teaching. Questions are raised about how the language structures of Mawng are related to the expression of space.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Congress on Ethnomathematics - Medellin, Colombia
Duration: 8 Jul 201813 Jul 2018


Conference6th International Congress on Ethnomathematics
Abbreviated titleICEm6


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