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The Mathematics of Indigenous Card Games: Implications for Mathematics Teaching and Learning

Baturo, Annette R., Norton, Stephen J., & Cooper, Thomas J. (2004) The Mathematics of Indigenous Card Games: Implications for Mathematics Teaching and Learning. In Putt, Ian, Faragher, Rhonda, & McLean, Mal (Eds.) 27th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA): Mathematics education of the third millennium: Towards 2010, 27 June - 30 June, 2004, Townsville, Queensland.

Abstract

Many rural Indigenous students perform poorly in mathematics as measured by standard tests. This paper discusses contextualisation of mathematics with respect to Indigenous culture and explores the card games the children play out of school. It was found that some of the games were sophisticated and mathematical in terms of strategies needed to succeed. The paper provides descriptions and mathematical analyses of two games which could be used to develop assessment tools to explore the mathematical understanding of Indigenous students and motivating learning activities consistent with existing community mathematics contexts. It draws implications for the use of these games as contextualisation.

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ID Code: 14706
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Indigenous students, rural, remote, mathematics education, contextualisation to indigenous culture, card games of Indigenous children, mathematical analysis of card games, assessment tools, mathematical understanding, motivating learning, Indigenous community and culture
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
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) > 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) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 The Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:04

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