Embedding Indigenous Knowledges
These resources, developed by Stronger Smarter Institute (SSI), are intended to inspire teachers of mathematics to see the connections between mathematics and First Nations peoples' histories and cultures.
Indigenous Knowledges (IK) are shared so teachers of mathematics are provided with alternative ways to view mathematics content based in reality of histories and cultures.
Indigenous Knowledges shared through interconnected themes
Each interconnected theme incorporates video of an Indigenous Knowledge holder or custodian, sharing their Indigenous Knowledge (IK) on Country.
Supporting resources enable teachers to utilise these examples by working collaboratively with their Indigenous teacher assistants and their local Indigenous community to localise perspectives for place-based mathematics.
Teachers of mathematics should collaborate with their own local community to enact the Third Cultural Space. The Third Cultural Space is a place of sharing and deep listening to multiple perspectives and explored more fully in accompanying resource.
Equitable knowledge sharing in culturally safe spaces can influence equitable inclusion of multiple perspectives of mathematics.
Image: The Third Cultural Space (Davis, 2008)
Image: Goompi Model, Professor Chris Matthews, 2009, p. 47
The culturally responsive pedagogy that is adopted within these resources is Professor Chris Matthews' Goompi model. The Goompi model empowers educators to weave together mathematics and culture. This model ensures that students can actively engage in mathematics that is connected to their living world.
© 2023 Commonwealth of Australia. These resources may be used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. These resources were created by Stronger Smarter Institute and Indigenous knowledge-holders.