Speaking Spatially: Implications for Remote Indigenous Learners

Robyn Jorgensen, Tom Lowrie

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Abstract

As part of a much larger study where spatial reasoning is the focus, this paper draws on the language aspects of this strand of the curriculum. The quarantined part of the project discussed in this presentation is based in remote Indigenous schools. We draw on the challenges of the concept of symmetry and where the language of instruction (and mathematics) is a foreign language. We pose questions of the nuanced, and often complex, language of spatial reasoning and the impact this has on the performance of Indigenous learners when applied to the enacted practices in school mathematics. We conclude by raising concerns and directions of the subsequent phases of the project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking Waves, Opening Spaces: Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsJodie Hunter, Lisa Darragh, Pam Perger
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.
Pages439-446
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781920846282
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia: Making Waves, Opening spaces - Massey University , Albany, New Zealand
Duration: 1 Jul 20185 Jul 2018
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Conference

Conference41st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Abbreviated titleMERGA 41
CountryNew Zealand
CityAlbany
Period1/07/185/07/18
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    Jorgensen, R., & Lowrie, T. (2018). Speaking Spatially: Implications for Remote Indigenous Learners. In J. Hunter, L. Darragh, & P. Perger (Eds.), Making Waves, Opening Spaces: Proceedings of the 41st annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 439-446). Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia Inc.. https://merga.net.au/common/Uploaded%20files/Annual%20Conference%20Proceedings/2018%20Annual%20Conference%20Proceedings/Jorgensen.pdf