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ERIC Number: ED521408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Mathematics Registers in Indigenous Languages: Experiences from South Africa
Schafer, Marc
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (33rd, Freemantle, Western Australia, Jul 3-7, 2010)
Through reporting on an initiative in South Africa that aimed to provide epistemological access to teachers and learners of mathematics (and science) through translating mathematical concepts into two indigenous languages, this paper argues for the urgent development of mathematical registers in indigenous languages for mathematics and science. The pilot research reported on in this paper indicates that the use of a multilingual concept literacy book impacted noticeably on the code-switching practices of selected teachers who switched between English and Xhosa in their teaching of mathematics. (Contains 2 figures.) [For the complete proceedings, "Shaping the Future of Mathematics Education. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (33rd, Freemantle, Western Australia, Australia, July 3-7, 2010)," see ED520764.]
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. GPO Box 2747, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail: sales@merga.net.au; Web site: http://www.merga.net.au/
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Identifiers - Location: South Africa