Indigenous mathematics : creating an equitable learning environment

Sarra, Grace, Matthews, Chris, Ewing, Bronwyn F., & Cooper, Tom (2011) Indigenous mathematics : creating an equitable learning environment. In Nola, Purdie, Gina, Milgate, & Hannah Rachel, Bell (Eds.) Two Way Teaching and Learning : Toward Culturally Reflective and Relevant Education. Australian Council for Education Research, Camberwell, VIC, pp. 172-185.

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This chapter examines how a change in school leadership can successfully address competencies in complex situations and thus create a positive learning environment in which Indigenous students can excel in their learning rather than accept a culture that inhibits school improvement. Mathematics has long been an area that has failed to assist Indigenous students in improving their learning outcomes, as it is a Eurocentric subject (Rothbaum, Weisz, Pott, Miyake & Morelli, 2000, De Plevitz, 2007) and does not contextualize pedagogy with Indigenous culture and perspectives (Matthews, Cooper & Baturo, 2007). The chapter explores the work of a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous academics from the YuMi Deadly Centre who are turning the tide on improving Indigenous mathematical outcomes in schools and in communities with high numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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ID Code: 43819
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Indigenous mathematics, Two-way education, Mathematics pedagogy
ISBN: 9781742860183
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
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 Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Australian Council for Education Research
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