Indigenous Ways of Knowing Connection to Developing Number Sense

Coming to Know Mathematics

On the one hand, students learn mathematical knowledge; on the other, students can reach a much deeper understanding by participating in coming to know mathematics, if they are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the process, such as in project-based learning (Aikenhead & Michell, p. 69-71, 94, 131).1

Coming to know signifies a personal, participatory, constructive process toward gaining community-based knowledge and wisdom-in-action. … Coming to know is a journey into deep understanding of events or of processes in daily life. For instance, if someone is coming to know a plant, they enter into a personal relationship with the plant… (p. 131)

See Indigenous Ways of Knowing Connection to Conceptualizing the Essentials of Math Instruction for relevant resources in Developing Number Sense.

1Aikenhead. G., & Michell, H. (2010). Bridging cultures: Indigenous and scientific ways of knowing nature. Don Mills, Ontario, Canada: Pearson Education.