Torres Strait Islander parents’ involvement in their children’s mathematics learning : a discussion paper

Ewing, Bronwyn F. (2009) Torres Strait Islander parents’ involvement in their children’s mathematics learning : a discussion paper. First Peoples Child & Family Review Journal, 4(2), pp. 129-134.

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This paper is a beginning point for discussing what the literature states about parents’ involvement in their children’s mathematics education. Where possible it will focus on Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Little is known about how Torres Strait Islander parents approach their children’s learning of mathematics and how important early mathematics is to mothers. What is known is that is they are keen for their children to receive an education that provides them with opportunities for their present and future lives. However, gaining access to education is challenging given that the language of instruction in schools is written to English conventions, decontextualised and disconnected from the students’ culture, community and home language. This paper discusses some of the issues raised in the literature about what parents are confronted with when making decisions about their children’s education.

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ID Code: 28404
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Torres Strait Islander parents, Torres Strait Islander children, early childhood mathematics
ISSN: 1708-489X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada
Deposited On: 04 Nov 2009 01:02
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 00:35

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