ERIC Number: ED199082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Measurement in Tribal Aboriginal Communities.
This study focuses on a questionnaire survey undertaken in 1977 in which the concepts and use of measurement in tribal Aboriginal communities in Australia were investigated. The document opens with a review of a 1975 survey of numeracy skills in 10- and 14-year-olds in Australia which showed Aboriginal students often performed at a much lower level than the overall population. The report suggests that one significant cause of this lower performance is the lack of congruence between the aims of the school program and the home background of the Aboriginal child. Literature is reviewed which shows that these children do have mathematical skills not recognized or used in the schools because they do not arise from the Western-based cultural viewpoint. The greater part of the report is given over to a response summary to the eight standard question types in the 1977 questionnaire. The document concludes that any applied number program prepared for English-speaking white Australian children living in mainly urban situations is likely to be both inappropriate and inadequate for many Aboriginal children. (MP)
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Problems, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Measurement, Problem Solving, Surveys
Northern Territory Dept. of Education, Professional Services Branch, Private Mail Bag 25, Winnellie, Northern Territory, Australia 5789 (no price quoted).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Territory Dept. of Education, Darwin (Australia).
Identifiers: Aboriginal People; Australia; Mathematics Education Research