n South African Journal of Education - Access to mathematics versus access to the language of power : the struggle in multilingual mathematics classrooms
|Article Title||Access to mathematics versus access to the language of power : the struggle in multilingual mathematics classrooms|
|© Publisher:||Education Association of South Africa (EASA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Education|
|Publication Date||Jan 2008|
|Pages||103 - 116|
|Keyword(s)||Access to mathematics, Language of power and Setswana|
ISI Social Science
In this article I explore how teachers and learners position themselves in relation to use of language(s) in multilingual mathematics classrooms. I draw from two studies in multilingual mathematics classrooms in South Africa. The analysis presented shows that teachers and learners who position themselves in relation to English are concerned with access to social goods and positioned by the social and economic power of English. They do not focus on epistemological access but argue for English as the language of learning and teaching. In contrast, learners who position themselves in relation to mathematics and so epistemological access, reflect more contradictory discourses, including support for the use of the their home languages as languages of learning and teaching.
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