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Contextualising the teaching and learning of measurement within Torres Strait Islander schools

Ewing, Bronwyn F., Cooper, Thomas J., Baturo, Annette R., Matthews, Christopher, & Sun, Huayu Vicky (2010) Contextualising the teaching and learning of measurement within Torres Strait Islander schools. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education., 39, pp. 11-23.

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Abstract

A one year mathematics project that focused on measurement was conducted with six Torres Strait Islander schools and communities. Its key focus was to contextualise the teaching and learning of measurement within the students’ culture, communities and home languages. There were six teachers and two teacher aides who participated in the project. This paper reports on the findings from the teachers’ and teacher aides’ survey questionnaire used in the first Professional Development session to identify: a) teachers’ experience of teaching in Torres Strait Islands, b) teachers’ beliefs about effective ways to teach Torres Strait Islander students, and c) contexualising measurement within Torres Strait Islander culture, Communities and home languages. A wide range of differing levels of knowledge and understanding about how to contextualise measurement to support student learning were identified and analysed. For example, an Indigenous teacher claimed that mathematics and the environment are relational, that is, they are not discrete and in isolation from one another, rather they interconnect with mathematical ideas emerging from the environment of the Torres Strait Communities.

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ID Code: 37672
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This article is submitted to "Australian Journal for Indigenous Education" which is published by the University Of Queensland (ISSN 1326-0111)
Keywords: Mathematics education, Contextualisation to culture, Torres Strait Islander education, Home language, Community
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
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) > 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 > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 the Authors
Deposited On: 01 Oct 2010 08:48
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:11

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