Affirming learning capacity of Indigenous students in classrooms: one focus for pre-service teacher mathematics and science education research and practice

Chigeza, Philemon, and Whitehouse, Hilary (2013) Affirming learning capacity of Indigenous students in classrooms: one focus for pre-service teacher mathematics and science education research and practice. In: Presentations from the 2nd International Conference on Leadership in Pedagogies and Learning. From: 2nd International Conference on Leadership in Pedagogies and Learning: the power of personal pedagogy, 4-5 August 2012, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

For some Indigenous students, school mathematics and science can be a 'fish out of water' experience. There is widespread agreement that Indigenous students' cultural knowledge is desirably incorporated into curriculum and pedagogical practice and Indigenous learners use the cognitive tolls of their cultural community to engage with school mathematics and science. We argue that beyond understanding and valuing Indigenous students' cultural knowledge, pre-service teachers investigate how this cultural knowledge can be used more productively in mathematics and science classrooms. The presentation positions Indigenous students as agentic in negotiating their mathematical and scientific learning dispositions. We explore the capacity building practices that draw on Indigenous students' cultural resources: cultural disposition, community knowledge and cultural capital. We use the term 'culture' to refer to an individual's habit of mind; the development of a whole society; or the whole way of life of a group of people (Rojek, 2007). A key purpose of the presentation is to emphasise the socially negotiated and embedded nature of meaning-making in mathematics and science education and how this can be made more apparent in pre-service teacher education.

Item ID: 26330
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 04:33
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
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