Australian Indigenous students' knowledge of two-digit numeration: Adding one ten

Baturo, Annette R. (2003) Australian Indigenous students' knowledge of two-digit numeration: Adding one ten. In Pateman, Neil A., Doherty, Barbara J., & Zillox, Joseph T. (Eds.) 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME), 13-18 July, 2003, Honolulu, Hawaii.


With consistently low levels of academic performance and high rates of absenteeism (Bourke & Rigby, 2000), the students in this study are the most educationally disadvantaged group in Australia with respect to mathematics. This paper reports on a study undertaken with Years 5-7 students in a Queensland aboriginal community to determine their baseline knowledge of whole numbers. The results of a numeration test were analysed to identify major misconceptions, and selected students were interviewed to establish whether misconceptions were language-, context-, or mathematics-based, and then to "peel back" to culture- specific language and activities if language and concept proved to be the main sources of misconceptions. The interviews revealed that misconceptions were generally related to language and mathematics schema.

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ID Code: 8386
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via PME's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Indigenous, mathematics, learning, numeration, place value, counting, adding, seriation
ISSN: 0771-100X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 The Author
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:00

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