Wong, M., Lipka, J. & Andrew-Ihrke, D. (2014). Symmetrical measuring :An approach to teaching elementary school mathematics informed by Yup'ik Elders. J Anderson, M Cavanagh, A Prescott. 661-668. Australia: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.
What would the curriculum look like if it were developed from the perspective of measuring? Without formal tools, the Yup’ik Eskimos of Alaska used their body as a measuring device and employed ratios extensively in their daily practices. Math in a Cultural Context is developing curriculum materials based on Yup’ik Elders use of mathematics. This paper describes a hypothesised learning/teaching sequence that is grounded in real life experience and linked to the mathematics in the classroom. Activities that were trialled in classrooms at a K-12 school in interior Alaska are also reported.
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