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ERIC Number: EJ902651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0111
Towards Pedagogies of Mathematics Achievement: An Analysis of Learning Advisers' Approaches to the Tutoring of Mathematics in an Indigenous Tertiary Entry Program
Makuwira, Jonathan
Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, v37 p48-55 2008
This research examined different ways in which tutors of mathematics approach their tutoring among Indigenous students enrolled in the Tertiary Entry Program (TEP) at Central Queensland University's Indigenous Learning, Spirituality and Research Centre. The study sought to establish whether or not there were any differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous tutors' approaches to tutoring and, document challenges and opportunities in tutoring mathematics to Indigenous students. Using qualitative data obtained from interviews, the study raised more questions than answers. The results reflect tutors' own teaching orientations. This is particularly clear when all of the tutors who participated in this study were NOT mathematics trained teachers but had either taken interest in the subject as a result of doing a mathematics-related subject such as engineering and science. Overall, there was consensus that establishing rapport between the students and Learning Advisers was crucial. Knowing who the students are and, vice versa, was also considered fundamental. For some, it was an acknowledgment that both the tutor and the student were on a discovery journey. The majority of the tutors prefer a process where a mathematical concept was explained first, followed by an application of real life situations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia