"Aim High - Beat Yourself": Effective mathematics teaching in a remote Indigenous community
Cooper, Thomas J., Baturo, Annette R., Warren, Elizabeth, & Grant, Edlyn J. (2006) "Aim High - Beat Yourself": Effective mathematics teaching in a remote Indigenous community. In Novotna, J., Moraova, H., Kratka, M., & Stehlikova, N. (Eds.) 30th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July 16 - July 21, 2006, Prague, Czech Republic.
In 2004, a young, non-Indigenous, second-year teacher in a remote Queensland Indigenous community developed a mathematics Unit based on an "Aim High - Beat Yourself" theme he developed to overcome the perceived unwillingness of his students to achieve in both sport and school. This paper investigates the apparent effectiveness of this Unit and draws inferences for mathematics teaching and learning in Indigenous communities. It describes the research and teaching contexts in which the Unit was developed and the students’ responses to the Unit. The paper provides further evidence for the efficacy of integrating mathematics learning with more generic programs that build pride, confidence and self worth in Indigenous students and challenge them to perform (Sarra, 2003).
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