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Discourse, identity and community: Forty-three early school leavers' accounts of their experiences of mathematics learning in two contexts

Ewing, Bronwyn F. (2008) Discourse, identity and community: Forty-three early school leavers' accounts of their experiences of mathematics learning in two contexts. In Australian Association for Research in Education 2008 : Changing climates - Education for Sustainable Futures, 30th November - 4th December, 2008, Queensland University of Technology. (In Press)

Abstract

This paper reports on a study of forty-three early school leavers' accounts of mathematics learning in two contexts, secondary school classrooms and a TAFE Youth Reconnected Program. A social theory of learning and critical discourse theory provided the conceptual framework. Analysis of the students' accounts revealed six discursive practices and two contrasting discourses about mathematics learning in secondary school classrooms and the TAFE program mathematics. The discourse about the program and its discursive practices was found to largely support a community of learning where students actively engaged and participated in mathematics learning. The discourse about secondary mathematics was found to largely inhibit student participation and engagement.

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ID Code: 14359
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: secondary mathematics teaching and learning, vocational mathematics teaching and learning, discourses of mathematics, student engagement in mathematics learning
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 11 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 20 May 2010 01:49

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