Creating your own Symbols: Beginning Algebraic thinking with Indigenous Students

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Title Creating your own Symbols: Beginning Algebraic thinking with Indigenous Students
Author Matthews, Christopher John; Cooper, Tom J; Baturo, Annette R
Publication Title Proceedings of the 31st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Editor Jeong-Ho Woo, Hee-Chan Lew, Kyo-Sik Park & Dong-Yeop Seo
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Seoul
Publisher PME
Abstract Because mathematics education devalues Indigenous culture, Indigenous students continue to be the most mathematically disadvantaged group in Australia. Conventional wisdom with regard to Indigenous mathematics education is to utilise practical and visual teaching methods, yet the power of mathematics and the opportunities it brings for advancement lie in symbolic understanding. This paper reports on a Maths as Story Telling (MAST) teaching approach to assist Indigenous students understand algebra through creating and manipulating their own symbols for equations. It discusses effective Indigenous mathematics teaching, describes the MAST approach, analyses it in terms of Ernest's (2005) semiotic processes, discusses its applications, and draws implications for Indigenous mathematics learning.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://igpme.org/
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2007. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
ISBN 0771-100X
Conference name 31st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME 31)
Location Seoul, Korea
Date From 2007-07-08
Date To 2007-07-13
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/17679
Date Accessioned 2008-01-29
Date Available 2008-11-06T23:03:28Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Atmospheric Environment Research Centre
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Curriculum Studies: Mathematics Education; Educational Psychology
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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