What comes before? Understanding spatial reference in Iwaidja

Edmonds-Wathen, C 2011, 'What comes before? Understanding spatial reference in Iwaidja', in Setati, M., T. Nkambule and L. Goosen (ed.) Proceedings of the 21st ICMI Study Conference, "Mathematics Education and Language Diversity", Sao Paulo, Brazil, 16-20 September 2011, pp. 89-97.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title What comes before? Understanding spatial reference in Iwaidja
Author(s) Edmonds-Wathen, C
Year 2011
Conference name Mathematics Education and Linguistic Diversity
Conference location Sao Paulo, Brazil
Conference dates 16-20 September 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 21st ICMI Study Conference, "Mathematics Education and Language Diversity"
Editor(s) Setati, M., T. Nkambule and L. Goosen
Publisher ICMI
Place of publication Sao Paulo, Brazil
Start page 89
End page 97
Total pages 9
Abstract This paper reports on initial findings of an investigation into spatial frame of reference in Iwaidja, an Indigenous Australian language spoken in a multilingual community. It considers spatial language in mathematics where students are being taught and assessed in a language not spoken at home and where their teachers do not speak the students` first languages. It finds that Iwaidja speakers use different frames of reference to English speakers in small scale space. The meanings and scope of key spatial terms in Iwaidja differ from English in ways that appear to be related to preferred frames of reference. It proposes that teacher awareness of these differences can help in mathematics teaching.
Subjects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Keyword(s) Mathematics education
indigenous education
language and mathematics
curriculum
spatial cognition
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