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Indigenous vocational students, culturally effective communities of practice and mathematics understanding

International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME)
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  • 130302 Comparative And Cross-Cultural Education
  • 130000 Education
  • 160809 Sociology Of Education
  • 130108 Technical Further And Workplace Education
  • 130208 Mathematics And Numeracy Curriculum And Pedagogy
  • Vocational Education And Training
  • Post
  • Secondary Teaching
  • Community Of Practice
  • Indigenous Vet
  • Indigenous Learning Styles
  • Aboriginal Learning Styles
  • Vocational Training
  • Professional Development
  • Thursday Island
  • Trades Learning
  • Education
  • Mathematics


This paper uses Lave and Wenger's (1991) notion of community of practice as a lens to analyse a study in a remote Indigenous Community where Indigenous blocklaying students are being supported to learn the mathematics necessary for certification. The paper shows that the blocklaying students' community of practice is rich in terms of what is shared amongst the members and with whom they interact, involving a sense of service to their community as well as an interest in building. The paper concludes by drawing some implications for teaching mathematics to such students.

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