Pedagogies to support Indigenous students’ mathematics learning in rural and remote Queensland classrooms

Warren, Elizabeth, Cooper, Thomas J., & Baturo, Annette R. (2010) Pedagogies to support Indigenous students’ mathematics learning in rural and remote Queensland classrooms. In Zadja, Joseph (Ed.) Gobalization, Education and Social Justice. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 161-184.

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This paper explores pedagogies that support Indigenous students learning of mathematics. Three schools in a remote and rural area of Queensland participated in a longitudinal intervention study, extending over a three-year period (2002-4), which aimed to improve Indigenous students' mathematics outcomes by improving their teachers' knowledge and classroom practices. This paper reports on one aspect of the project, namely the pedagogical approaches used by their non-Indigenous teachers before intervention. Results are related to Harris (1980) and indicate that many of the common classroom practices believed to forward mathematics outcomes for Indigenous students simply reflect 'good' mathematics pedagogy for all. The dimensions that were distinctive but absent in these communities were an acknowledgement of the different knowledges of these culturally different students, the nuances and social capital associated with Indigenous English, and the role that parents, care-givers and the community itself plays in young Indigenous students’ mathematical education. It is conjectured that this could be a result of the inexperience of the teachers in such communities and/or the predominant white view of education prevalent in these three schools.

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ID Code: 14540
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: External Ref No. (Project Code): LP0562352.
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Keywords: Pedagogy, Indigenous students, Mathematics learning, remote and rural areas, teachers’ mathematics knowledge, classroom practices, pedagogical approaches, non, Indigenous teachers culturally inclusive curriculum, social capital, cultural bias
ISBN: 9789048132201
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Springer
Deposited On: 08 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:07

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