London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Ethnomathematics, language and immigrant children

Author(s) Katsillis, M.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2014  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Innovative Practice and Research Trends in Identity, Citizenship and Education  
Age group -  
Changing demographics bring together diverse people with different experiences and skill sets. As such, issues arise that are related to how to best equip immigrant students to achieve their full potential within their new social environments. These differences often test teachers and certain school subjects are seen as being more challenging for the immigrant children. This poster provides a brief introspection on the phenomenon of fear of mathematics and the puritan ethic permeating the Modern Greek educational paradigm’s multicultural classroom. It also contains general elements of instruction in Mathematics as well as the inextricably bound Greek language, to students of Greek as a second or foreign language, as well as to repatriates and immigrants. It briefly presents the deficiencies and some of the techniques applied in both Greek and international approaches to the subject. Furthermore, it notes the positive and negative aspects of the use of the literature for teaching in multilingual and multicultural classrooms. Finally, it analyses the puritanical nature of education systems in regards to the classroom’s cultural nature and teaching materials both generally, and in the specific context of this experiment, discussed in the pages of the book.

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