Ethno - Mathematics Project
This project occured in 2004. Many components from this project are still used in our current math curriculum.
Over the years CNC has worked extensively to forge strong links to aboriginal youth. Given the high drop out rates, a majority of our young pople do not even see high school graduation as a goal, much less continuing onto post-secondary education.
CNC has successfully offered Summer Career & Education Planning Workshops, Science & Technology Role Model Panels, an Aboriginal Achievers Coordinator and a Peer Mentoring Program to encourage our youth to stay in school.
Another area of concern is the lack of representation in science and technology studies and careers. Considering that Aboriginal leaders are negotiating co-management agreements over resources and services, it is imperative we have community members who have the academic skills to administer these programs and services .
One barrier many students face in getting into science or technology programs is the math requirement. Not many aboriginal students are successful past the 030 Math (Grade Ten) level. As a result, CNC did some research and found that ethno-mathematics courses have had considerable success in tribal schools and Colleges in the United States.
Briefly, ethno-mathematics applies a socio-cultural perspective to math allowing a new means to view student success, curriculum content, historical contributions and educational practices. For example, native content is integrated into problems and indigenous people's contributions to mathematics are acknowleged.
With funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, the Math 030 curriculum was revised to reflect an Aboriginal and Northern perspective. Ethno-math was offered as a regular section of Math 030 at CNC Prince George in January 2004. An evaluation was completed by May 2004.
Math 030 Final Report May 2004
||This Project is special-funded by:
Province of British Columbia
Ministry of advanced Education