Embedding authenticity and cultural relevance in the primary mathematics curriculum

Rampal, Anita and Makar, Katie (2012). Embedding authenticity and cultural relevance in the primary mathematics curriculum. In: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress of Mathematics Education. The Twelfth International Congress of Mathematics Education, Seoul, Korea, (6616-6625). 8-15 July 2012.

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Author Rampal, Anita
Makar, Katie
Title of paper Embedding authenticity and cultural relevance in the primary mathematics curriculum
Conference name The Twelfth International Congress of Mathematics Education
Conference location Seoul, Korea
Conference dates 8-15 July 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress of Mathematics Education
Place of Publication Korea National Univ. of Education Gangnae-myeon, Cheongwon-gun, Chungcheongbuk-Do, Republic of Korea
Publisher International Commission on Mathematical Education (ICME)
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 6616
End page 6625
Total pages 10
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Most countries advocate ideals of an authentic and culturally relevant mathematics curriculum. These ideals, however, are either lost in translation from the intended to the enacted curriculum or are subsumed by the challenging dilemmas of whose ‘cultural relevance’ needs to be addressed and how. We describe recent innovative initiatives in India and Australia to indicate how these ideals are operationalised in the intended curriculum within very diverse contexts. In India, culturally relevant thematic units were designed as part of the national primary mathematics textbooks drawing upon the knowledge and living contexts of people from the world of work, vocations, and crafts. In Australia, authentic inquiry-based units in a predominantly urban context engaged students in complex problems within their lived experiences. Although in dramatically different contexts, this paper delineates common opportunities and challenges in both that are worth exploring.
Keyword National curriculum
Cultural relevance
Mathematical inquiry
Social justice
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Paper TSG32-9 "Mathematics Curriculum Development"

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