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ERIC Number: EJ1082084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
Using Graph Theory to Understand First Nations Connections
Peters, Jehu; Metz, Don
Mathematics Teacher, v109 n4 p311-313 Nov 2015
Children of the Earth High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a school dedicated to incorporating Aboriginal perspectives into all areas of the Manitoba curriculum and is attended by an almost exclusive Aboriginal population. Many of these students come from a First Nations community and are related to others who come from such communities, the majority of which are found in the northern regions of Manitoba. This article describes a class unit on relations that sought to find out which Aboriginal communities fellow students most closely associated with. The class came up with the idea of surveying the entire school to collect the necessary data. The unit involved creating an arrow diagram, data mining, an all-school survey, and graphing the results using Gephi, an open-source graph visualization software. Guiding questions and possible adaptations are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Winnipeg)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A