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Collaborating to Meet Language Challenges in Indigenous Mathematics Classrooms

  • Tamsin Meaney
  • Tony Trinick
  • Uenuku Fairhall

Part of the Mathematics Education Library book series (MELI, volume 52)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Tamsin Meaney, Tony Trinick, Uenuku Fairhall
    Pages 1-12
  3. Meeting Political Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-18
    2. Tamsin Meaney, Tony Trinick, Uenuku Fairhall
      Pages 19-35
  4. Meeting Mathematical Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-79
    2. Tamsin Meaney, Tony Trinick, Uenuku Fairhall
      Pages 81-97
    3. Tamsin Meaney, Tony Trinick, Uenuku Fairhall
      Pages 99-120
    4. Tamsin Meaney, Tony Trinick, Uenuku Fairhall
      Pages 121-148
  5. Meeting Community Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-151
    2. Tamsin Meaney, Tony Trinick, Uenuku Fairhall
      Pages 153-170
    3. Tamsin Meaney, Tony Trinick, Uenuku Fairhall
      Pages 171-192
  6. Meeting Pedagogical Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-197
    2. Tamsin Meaney, Tony Trinick, Uenuku Fairhall
      Pages 225-248
    3. Tamsin Meaney, Tony Trinick, Uenuku Fairhall
      Pages 249-267
    4. Tamsin Meaney, Tony Trinick, Uenuku Fairhall
      Pages 269-281
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 283-309

About this book

Introduction

Language can be simultaneously both a support and a hindrance to students’ learning of mathematics. When students have sufficient fluency in the mathematics register so that they can discuss their ideas, they become chiefs who are able to think mathematically. However, learning the mathematics register of an Indigenous language is not a simple exercise and involves many challenges not only for students, but also for their teachers and the wider community. Collaborating to Meet Language Challenges in Indigenous Mathematics Classrooms identifies some of the challenges—political, mathematical, community based, and pedagogical— to the mathematics register, faced by an Indigenous school, in this case a Mäori immersion school. It also details the solutions created by the collaboration of teachers, researchers and community members.

Collaborating to Meet Language Challenges in Indigenous Mathematics Classrooms is of interest to librarians, researchers, and educators in mathematics, social justice, and education

Keywords

Community Challenges Engineered Vocabulary Indigenous Classrooms Language Fluency and Mathematics Logical Connectives Maori Mathematics Education Mathematics Register Acquisition Mathematics at Home Political Challenges Simultaneous Learning of Language Social Justice in Mathematics Understanding Probability Writing in Mathematics

Authors and affiliations

  • Tamsin Meaney
    • 1
  • Tony Trinick
    • 2
  • Uenuku Fairhall
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationCharles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te KoutuRotoruaNew Zealand

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