Overcoming challenges of being an in-field mathematics teacher in indigenous secondary school classrooms

Sandhu, Satwant, Cooper, Thomas J., & Kidman, Gillian (2013) Overcoming challenges of being an in-field mathematics teacher in indigenous secondary school classrooms. In Steinle, V., Ball, L., & Bardini, C. (Eds.) Mathematics Education : Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia), MERGA, University of Melbourne, VIC.

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Queensland rural and remote schools have difficulty in attracting experienced, in-field mathematics teachers. Thus, when such teachers arrive, much is expected of them to increase the mathematics knowledge of students. This paper looks at one such teacher who, against the high expectations placed upon him as an in-field teacher, experienced challenges in teaching mathematics to underperforming Indigenous1 Australian students. The paper considers implications of in-field mathematics teachers in underperforming classrooms.

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ID Code: 70514
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2014 04:59
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:43

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