Group work, language and interaction: Challenges of implementation in Aboriginal Contexts
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While research suggests that the use of group work can enhance student learning, there are considerable challenges to implementing this practice in remote Aboriginal communities. When employed properly, group work requires students participate in deep dialogue and/or shared tasks that build collaborative interactions that help facilitate deeper mathematical understandings. However, we have found in the Maths in the Kimberley (MitK) project, that developing and implementing group work in this context is highly problematic. Practically, linguistically and culturally, teachers were confronted with considerable obstacles to implementation, and these issues are discussed in this paper.
Shaping the future of mathematics education. Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
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Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy