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Torres Strait Island parents' involvement in their children's mathematics learning : a discussion paper

Ewing, Bronwyn F. (2009) Torres Strait Island parents' involvement in their children's mathematics learning : a discussion paper. First Peoples Child & Family Review Journal, 4(2), pp. 119-124.

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Abstract

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: 28617
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Torres Strait Islander parents, Torres Strait Islander children, mathematics learning, Indigenous knowledges, language of mathematics
ISSN: 1708-489X
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) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2009 12:26
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:10

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