Indigenous vocational students, culturally effective communities of practice and mathematics understanding
Cooper, Thomas J., Baturo, Annette R., Duus, Elizabeth A., & Moore, Kaitlin M. (2008) Indigenous vocational students, culturally effective communities of practice and mathematics understanding. In 32nd Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 17-21 July 2008, Morelia, Mexico.
This paper uses Lave and Wenger's (1991) notion of community of practice as a lens to analyse a study in a remote Indigenous Community where Indigenous blocklaying students are being supported to learn the mathematics necessary for certification. The paper shows that the blocklaying students' community of practice is rich in terms of what is shared amongst the members and with whom they interact, involving a sense of service to their community as well as an interest in building. The paper concludes by drawing some implications for teaching mathematics to such students.
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