ERIC Number: ED229264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Ororo Community School Field Report. Indigenous Mathematics Project. Working Paper 7.
Lineberger, Julie Diane
This report summarizes field work in Ororo Community School located in Tokorara, a suburb of Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. It is one of five community schools participating in the ongoing research and development efforts of the Indigenous Mathematics Project (IMP). The study opens with an introduction to the site, the school setting, and the community setting. Since Ororo is the largest city in Papua New Guinea, more resources were available than at other sites. One grade 2, two grade 4, and one grade 6 classes were involved in the study, with a teacher who taught mainly in a "fill-in-the blank" manner. He had few problems implementing the IMP materials, although he did have some management and organizational difficulties which resulted in pacing problems. Suggestions are made for improving both the teacher's notes and the learning aids. Observation of classroom interaction revealed that English was the predominant language, although both Pidgin and vernacular were used at times. Many lessons were "dictated" to the class with little interaction. Finally, brief comments on student interviews are reported. In the summary, the need for differentiated instruction is noted and suggestions for distance teaching using radio broadcasts are included. (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 - Location: Papua New Guinea