Indigenous languages and mathematics in elementary schools

Cris Edmonds-Wathen, Kay Owens, Priscilla Sakopa, Vagi Bino

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Abstract

Indigenous languages are used for instruction in elementary schools in Papua New Guinea, but teachers have generally received their own education in English. The challenges of identifying terminology to use in mathematics include many-to-one correspondences between English and the vernacular languages, and different grammatical structures. Guidelines to assist teachers need contextualised examples. Teachers also need sufficient mathematical understanding themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Subtitle of host publicationCurriculum in Focus: Research Guided Practice
EditorsJudy Anderson, Michael Cavanagh, Anne Prescott
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Pages207-214
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event37th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2014 - Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 29 Jun 201403 Jul 2014
https://www.merga.net.au/Public/Public/Publications/Annual_Conference_Proceedings/2014_MERGA_CP.aspx (Conference proceedings)

Conference

Conference37th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleCurriculum in Focus: Research Guided Practice
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period29/06/1403/07/14
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    Edmonds-Wathen, C., Owens, K., Sakopa, P., & Bino, V. (2014). Indigenous languages and mathematics in elementary schools. In J. Anderson, M. Cavanagh, & A. Prescott (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: Curriculum in Focus: Research Guided Practice (pp. 207-214). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.