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Does mathematics education in Australia devalue Indigenous culture? Indigenous perspectives and non-Indigenous reflections

Matthews, Chris , Watego, Leesa A., Cooper, Thomas J., & Baturo, Annette R. (2005) Does mathematics education in Australia devalue Indigenous culture? Indigenous perspectives and non-Indigenous reflections. In Clarkson, Philip, Downton, Ann, Gronn, Donna, Horne, Marj, McDonough, Andrea, Pierce, Robyn, et al. (Eds.) 28th conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2005, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

Chris and Leesa are two Indigenous people who have come to mathematics education through their involvement in the struggle for Indigenous rights; Chris from being an Indigenous researcher with a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Leesa from a degree in Commerce and experience publishing material on Indigenous culture. Tom and Annette are two non-Indigenous people who have come to Indigenous culture through working in schools in Indigenous communities; both are mathematics educators and researchers. This paper attempts to describe the profound effect of Chris and Leesa’s perspectives that mathematics education devalues Indigenous culture (see Matthews, 2003) on Tom and Annette’s Indigenous mathematics-education projects at QUT. It indicates the potential of partnerships to empower Indigenous research. Note: The paper is written in heteroglossic form: Chris and Leesa’s Indigenous perspectives are written in normal font; Tom and Annette’s reactions and reflections are written in italics.

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ID Code: 3622
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Indigenous, education, mathematics, culture, teaching, learning, perspectives, emancipation, empowerment, capacity building
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
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)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 MERGA
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:07

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