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Great Expectations: Teaching Mathematics in English to Indigenous Language Speaking Students

Edmonds-Wathen, Cris (2013). Great Expectations: Teaching Mathematics in English to Indigenous Language Speaking Students. In: Mathematics Education: Yesterday Today and Tomorrow: 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Melbourne, Australia, 7-11 July 2013.

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IRMA ID 84279116xPUB17
Author Edmonds-Wathen, Cris
Title Great Expectations: Teaching Mathematics in English to Indigenous Language Speaking Students
Conference Name Mathematics Education: Yesterday Today and Tomorrow: 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Conference Location Melbourne, Australia
Conference Dates 7-11 July 2013
Conference Publication Title Mathematics Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
Place of Publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA)
Publication Year 2013
ISBN 978-0-7340-4844-8   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 266
End Page 273
Total Pages 8
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DIISR)
Abstract Effective mathematics teaching for Indigenous language speaking students, currently the lowest achieving group in Australia, needs to be based on fair expectations of both students and teachers. Teacher interviews in a small Northern Territory school, conducted within an ethnographic study, showed that teachers’ decisions regarding level of mathematics curriculum taught were informed by students’ prior learning and by the language dynamic in their classrooms. The need and pressure to teach Standard Australian English also affected how mathematics was taught.
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URL http://www.merga.net.au/node/38?year=2013
 
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