Papua New Guinea has hundreds of languages and cultures and each group measures indifferent ways. This report discusses the informal measurement and contexts for measuring by a range of cultural groups as obtained from a survey. Intuitive approaches traditionally used in villages indicate an interesting use of length for deciding areas. People seem to visualise the areas and rely on lengths for comparing or counting to compare these areas. The use of informal measurement has implications for schooling in that it is a valuable place to begin measurement education rather than smaller formal units. Concepts, such as area, and the structure of measurement units, such as placing length units end to end, can be ascertained and established from these informal measures as a transition to more formal school measurement.
|Title of host publication||MERGA 30|
|Subtitle of host publication||Mathematics: Essential Research, Essential Practice|
|Place of Publication||Adelaide, Australia|
|Publisher||Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Event||Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2007 - Hobart, TAS, Australia|
Duration: 02 Jul 2007 → 06 Jul 2007
|Conference||Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2007|
|Period||02/07/07 → 06/07/07|
Owens, K., & Kaleva, W. (2007). Changing Our Perspective on Measurement: A Cultural Case Study. In MERGA 30: Mathematics: Essential Research, Essential Practice (Vol. 2, pp. 571-580). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.