ERIC Number: ED229265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Divanap Community School Field Report. Indigenous Mathematics Project. Working Paper 8.
This report summarizes field work in Divanap, Papua New Guinea, one of five community schools participating in the ongoing research and development efforts of the Indigenous Mathematics Project (IMP). The site is described, with detailed comments on the school and the community. Background on the teacher is provided. Sizes of the two grade 2, one grade 4, and one grade 6 classes participating in the study are given. Curriculum implementation is then discussed, with note of such problems as the teacher's frequent inability to understand the teacher's notes, and learning aids are given. Classroom interaction is described, noting that instruction was usually in English; and that classes were teacher-directed, with little group work. Two interviews with students are briefly noted. The study concludes that, in general, the IMP materials were not uniformly successful at this site. Among the suggestions offered is that, for an isolated site such as Divanap, IMP should include suggestions of activities for which application of new mathematical skills is encouraged. (MNS)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Influences, Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Ethnography, Field Studies, Language Role, Mathematical Vocabulary, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Textbooks, Workbooks
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Papua New Guinea, Dept. of Education, Port Moresby.; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: Indigenous Mathematics Project, Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea).
Identifiers: Indigenous Mathematics Project; Mathematics Education Research; Papua New Guinea
Note: For related documents, see SE 041 540-555.