Recent research has supported and extended earlier research on how and for how long Indigenous people of Australasia have been counting. This history values the long history of Indigenous knowledge and re-writes the limited and sometimes false history that many Australian teachers accept and teach about number systems. The current views on the spread and innovation of number systems are critiqued in terms of how oral cultures used and represented large numbers.
|Title of host publication||40 years on: We are still learning! (Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia )|
|Editors||A Downton, S Livy, J Hall|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||40th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2017 - Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne, Australia|
Duration: 02 Jul 2017 → 06 Jul 2017
https://merga.net.au/Public/Publications/Annual_Conference_Proceedings/2017_MERGA_annual_conference_proceedings.aspx (Conference proceedings)
|Conference||40th Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) Conference 2017|
|Abbreviated title||40 Years On: We Are Still Learning|
|Period||02/07/17 → 06/07/17|
|Other||MERGA 40 will be held in Melbourne, at Monash University’s Clayton campus—the site of the first MERGA conference. The conference will be coordinated by Ann Gervasoni, Helen Forgasz and colleagues from Monash University, under the theme of ’40 years on: We are still learning’. This theme is both timely and apt, since the conference will be celebratory, reflective and forward thinking as we attempt to build upon the work of some of the world’s most influential mathematics education researchers and practitioners. |
This special anniversary conference will include a number of participants from MERGA 1, as well as many colleagues coming to MERGA for the first time. The MERGA conference is renowned for being encouraging and welcoming. Within this highly supportive environment, the conference provides participants with the opportunity to engage in a range of professionally stimulating activities.