Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools

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CHAPTER 4
Diversity and
equity
Students in a diverse setting
Students enter mathematics classrooms with a wide range of background knowledge, experiences and dispositions. These differences—which arise both before they come to school and while they are in school— create different orientations and learning experiences. For some students their experiences will help them in their learning of mathematics, for others considerable input will be needed to support their learning. How teachers work with this diversity is informed by their own ideologies of how differences come to exist. Some teachers will see the differences as something biological or innate in the student whereas others will see such differences as something constructed and reified through school practices. These two extreme positions represent the nature/nurture poles of one of the most enduring and perennial debates in education.Before continuing this chapter, we'd like you to write answers to the questions below. Retain them for reflection after reading about the practices of the mathematics curriculum found in most classrooms.
Why do disproportionate numbers of indigenous students (Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Maori, First Nation, Inuit) fail mathematics in comparison to their non-indigenous peers?

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  • Title Page *
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • About This Book xi
  • About the Authors xiii
  • Chapter 1 - The Changing Face of Primary Mathematics 1
  • Further Reading *
  • References *
  • Chapter 2 - Theoretical Foundations for Contemporary Mathematics Education 21
  • Further Reading *
  • References *
  • Chapter 3 - Language and Mathematics 33
  • Further Reading *
  • References *
  • Chapter 4 - Diversity and Equity 47
  • Further Reading *
  • References *
  • Chapter 5 - Planning for Teaching 63
  • Further Reading *
  • References *
  • Chapter 6 - Assessment 79
  • Further Reading *
  • References 105
  • Chapter 7 - Working Mathematically 106
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  • Chapter 8 - Early Number 121
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  • References 147
  • Chapter 9 - Basic Facts and Mental Computation 149
  • Further Reading 174
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  • Chapter 10 - Written Algorithms 176
  • Further Reading 196
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  • Chapter 11 - Rational Number 197
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  • Chapter 12 - Patterns and Algebra 233
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  • Chapter 13 - Measurement 250
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  • References 280
  • Chapter 14 - Chance and Data 281
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  • Chapter 15 - Space 310
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  • Index 340
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