This paper uses the story of Whakatauihuihu to help present a description of how the teaching of mathematics in te reo Mäori (the Mäori language) has developed. It begins by recounting the enthusiasm of the teachers who worked on the development of the mathematics vocabulary in the 1980s. Since that time the teaching of mathematics in te reo Mäori is no longer seen as an innovation that will solve all problems for Mäori students. Rather, like a teenager going through the initial phase of self-reflection, teachers are now considering what teaching practices are supportive of students and how these practices can be developed. This paper will conclude by looking at some recent research that has been occurring in Te Kura O Te Koutu (Te Koutu school).
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|