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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.

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Abstract

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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ID Code: 14620
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Vocational Education and Training, Post, secondary teaching, community of practice, Indigenous VET, Indigenous learning styles, Aboriginal Learning styles, vocational training, professional development, Thursday Island, Trades learning
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (The authors)
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 18:40

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