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

Ewing, Bronwyn F., Cooper, Thomas J., Baturo, Annette R., Sun, Vicky, & Matthews, Chris (2011) Contextualising the teaching and learning of measurement in Torres Strait Islander schools. In Hudson, Peter B., Chandra, Vinesh, King, Donna T., & Lee, Kar-Tin (Eds.) Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of STEM in Education 2010, STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education., Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld.

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This paper reports on a mathematics project conducted with six Torres Strait Islander schools and communities by the research team at the YuMi Deadly Centre at QUT. Data collected is from a small focus group of six teachers and two teacher aides. We investigated how measurement is taught and learned by students, their teachers and teacher aides in the community schools. A key focus of the project was that the teaching and learning of measurement be contextualised to the students’ culture, community and home languages. A significant finding from the project was that the teachers had differing levels of knowledge and understanding about how to contextualise measurement to support student learning. For example, an Indigenous teacher identified that mathematics and the environment are relational, that is, they are not discrete and in isolation from one another, rather they mesh together, thus affording the articulation and interchange among and between mathematics and Torres Strait Islander culture.

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ID Code: 49302
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Contextualised teaching and learning, Mathematics education, Torres Strait Islander knowledges of mathematics, Torres Strait Islander languages
ISBN: 9780646558127
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [Please consult the Authors]
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2012 03:19
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2012 03:59

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