What is the responsibility of mathematics education to the Indigenous students that it serves?

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title What is the responsibility of mathematics education to the Indigenous students that it serves?
Author(s) Meaney, Tamsin ; Evans, Deb
Date 2013
English abstract
Although refuted many times, the commonly accepted story about Indigenous communities in Australia is that they had few counting word and thus were lacking in ways to quantify amounts. In this paper, we use the case of quantifying to discuss how Indigenous mathematics can be used, not just to help Indigenous students transition into the classroom but also back into their home communities. We argue that mathematics education must take seriously its responsibility to support Indigenous students to gain school mathematics and also to help maintain the use of traditional mathematical ideas. If this does not occur, mathematics educators will contribute, intentionally or unintentionally to the loss of Indigenous knowledge that present and future generations of Indigenous people will hold them responsible for.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10649-012-9439-1 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Educational Studies in Mathematics;3
Volume 82
ISSN 1573-0816
Pages 481-496
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Indigenous students
mathematics education
counting systems
subitising
culture
goals for education
cultural imperialism
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14551 (link to this page)

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