Creating your own symbols: Beginning algebraic thinking with Indigenous students
Matthews, Christopher , Cooper, Thomas J., & Baturo, Annette R. (2007) Creating your own symbols: Beginning algebraic thinking with Indigenous students. In Woo, Jeong-Ho, Lew, Hee-Chan, Park, Kyo-Sik, & Seo, Dong-Yeop (Eds.) 31st Annual Conference of the International group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July 8 - July 13, 2007, Seoul: Korea.
Because mathematics education devalues Indigenous culture, Indigenous students continue to be the most mathematically disadvantaged group in Australia. Conventional wisdom with regard to Indigenous mathematics education is to utilise practical and visual teaching methods, yet the power of mathematics and the opportunities it brings for advancement lie in symbolic understanding. This paper reports on a Maths as Story Telling (MAST) teaching approach to assist Indigenous students understand algebra through creating and manipulating their own symbols for equations. It discusses effective Indigenous mathematics teaching, describes the MAST approach, analyses it in terms of Ernest’s (2005) semiotic processes, discusses its applications, and draws implications for Indigenous mathematics learning.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Additional Information:||The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).|
|Keywords:||Indigenous student, Indigenous mathematics education, symbolic understanding, Maths as Story Telling, algebra, creating and manipulating symbols, semiotic processes|
|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) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 (The authors)|
|Deposited On:||01 Sep 2008|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:35|
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