Contextualising the teaching and learning of measurement within Torres Strait Islander schools

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Title Contextualising the teaching and learning of measurement within Torres Strait Islander schools
Author Ewing, Bronwyn; Cooper, Thomsa J.; Baturo, Annette R.; Matthews, Christopher John; Sun, Huayu
Journal Name The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher University Of Queensland
Abstract A one-year mathematics project that focused on measurement was conducted with six Torres Strait Islander schools and communities. Its key focus was to contextualise the teaching and learning of measurement within the students' culture, communities and home languages. Six teachers and two teacher aides participated in the project. This paper reports on the findings from the teachers' and teacher aides' survey questionnaire used in the first Professional Development session to identify: a) teachers' experience of teaching in the Torres Strait Islands, b) teachers' beliefs about effective ways to teach Torres Strait Islander students, and c) contexualising measurement within Torres Strait Islander culture, communities and home languages. A wide range of differing levels of knowledge and understanding about how to contextualise measurement to support student learning were identified and analysed. For example, an Indigenous teacher claimed that mathematics and the environment are relational, that is, they are not discrete and in isolation from one another, rather they interconnect with mathematical ideas emerging from the environment of the Torres Strait communities.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.uq.edu.au/ATSIS/ajie/index.html?page=150550&pid=33821
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2010. The attached file is reproduced here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this monograph please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
Volume 39
Page from 11
Page to 23
ISSN 1326-0111
Date Accessioned 2011-05-24
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Continuing and Community Education; Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38928
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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