Collaborating to Meet Language Challenges in Indigenous Mathematics Classrooms

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Title Collaborating to Meet Language Challenges in Indigenous Mathematics Classrooms
Author(s) Meaney, Tamsin ; Trinick, Tony ; Fairhall, Uenuku
Date 2011
English abstract
Language can be simultaneously both a support and a hindrance to students’ learning of mathematics. When students have sufficient fluency in the mathematics register so that they can discuss their ideas, they become chiefs who are able to think mathematically. However, learning the mathematics register of an Indigenous language is not a simple exercise and involves many challenges not only for students, but also for their teachers and the wider community. Collaborating to Meet Language Challenges in Indigenous Mathematics Classrooms identifies some of the challenges—political, mathematical, community based, and pedagogical— to the mathematics register, faced by an Indigenous school, in this case a Mäori immersion school. It also details the solutions created by the collaboration of teachers, researchers and community members.
Link http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-1994-1 (external link to publication)
Publisher Springer
Series/Issue Mathematics Education Library;52
ISSN 0924-4921
ISBN 978-94-007-1993-4
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) mathematics education
language
Indigenous
Mäori
political
community
pedagogy
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12899 (link to this page)

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