Event Title

Research-based literacy and numeracy resource for Indigenous students.

Start Date

8-8-2011 3:15 PM

End Date

8-8-2011 4:30 PM


This paper combines the demonstration of a literacy resource developed specifically for young Indigenous students in collaboration with Indigenous elders with an understanding of how these students also acquire mathematical knowledge and how literacy resources, such as this one, can also be used to teach numeracy to young Indigenous students. Margaret James will discuss the inspiration for the development of the Honey Ant Readers which uses language and themes young indigenous students will find familiar – many based on their own stories and true to life experiences – combined with pedagogically sound practice such as phonics and compounding vocabulary and the research into the language and original recordings of speech and stories underpin the project. She will discuss the process of consultation and collaboration in the development of these readers and the outcomes that have been evidenced in her school through the use of this resource. Cath Pearn will discuss the research that explores how young Indigenous students learn mathematics and will demonstrate how this knowledge can be applied to teaching mathematics through the use of concrete resources including literacy resources such as Honey Ant Readers.


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Aug 8th, 3:15 PM Aug 8th, 4:30 PM

Research-based literacy and numeracy resource for Indigenous students.

Concurrent Session Block 2