Insights into the beliefs and practices of teachers in a remote Indigenous context

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Title Insights into the beliefs and practices of teachers in a remote Indigenous context
Author Jorgensen, Robyn Levenia; Grootenboer, Peter John; Niesche, Richard Andrew Westwood
Publication Title Crossing divides: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Editor R. Hunter, B. Bicknell & T. Burgess
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Palmerston North, NZ
Publisher MERGA
Abstract An enduring issue for education in Australia is the poor performance of Indigenous students in mathematics. This is more pronounced in remote locations where many of the teachers are new graduates who are enthusiastic but lack experience and are unfamiliar with the complexities of teaching in remote and/or Indigenous contexts. This paper discusses the beliefs and practices of teachers working in a remote, Indigenous region of Australia. It is proposed that the discrepancy between beliefs and practices found in the reconnaissance phase of a design study is due to the teachers realising that they need to implement changed practices to enable students to learn but have little knowledge of what such practices may look like. As such, the discrepancy forms a powerful space for teacher professional development.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.merga.net.au/publications/counter.php?pub=pub_conf&id=638
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 MERGA. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted.
ISBN 978-1-920846-20-6
Conference name Crossing Divides
Location Wellington, New Zealand
Date From 2009-07-05
Date To 2009-07-09
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30762
Date Accessioned 2009-12-15
Date Available 2010-06-09T07:33:03Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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