Skip to main content

Challenges of Mathematics Education in a Multilingual Post-Colonial Context

The Case of Suriname

  • Chapter

Abstract

In spite of Suriname’s national independence, the Dutch language has remained the primary medium of instruction used in the school system, and the only medium that may open the access to upward social mobility in Suriname. However, Dutch is one of the home languages for only a small minority of the pupils. A high percentage of children, especially in the interior of the country, may have never heard a word of Dutch until they start school (Arends & Carlin, 2002, p. 285).

Keywords

  • Mathematic Education
  • Indigenous People
  • Word Problem
  • Language Policy
  • Mother Tongue

These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

Chapter
USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-94-6300-405-3_13
  • Chapter length: 20 pages
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
eBook
USD   49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-94-6300-405-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  • Arends, J. (2002). The history of the Surinamese creoles I. A sociohistorical survey. In E. B. Carlin & J. Arends (Eds.), Atlas of the languages of Suriname (pp. 115–130). Leiden, The Netherlands: KITLV Press.

    Google Scholar 

  • Arends, J., & Carlin, E. (2002). Epilogue. The languages of Suriname today and tomorrow. In E. B. Carlin & J. Arends (Eds.), Atlas of the languages of Suriname (pp. 283–286). Leiden, The Netherlands: KITLV Press.

    Google Scholar 

  • Babaci-Wilhite, Z. (2015). Local languages as a human right in education: Cases from Africa. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Benson, C. (2009). Designing effective schooling in multilingual contexts: Going beyond bilingual models. In T. Skutnabb-Kangas, R. Phillipson, A. Mohanty, & M. Panda (Eds.), Social justice through multilingual education (pp. 63–84). Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters.

    Google Scholar 

  • Brock-Utne, B. (2012). Language policy and science: Could some African countries learn from Asian countries? International Review of Education, 58(4), 481–503. doi:10.1007/s11159-012-9308-2

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Carlin, E. B., & Boven, K. (2002). The native population. Migrations and identities. In E. B. Carlin & J. Arends (Eds.), Atlas of the languages of Suriname (pp. 11–46). Leiden, The Netherlands: KITLV Press.

    Google Scholar 

  • Central Bureau of Statistics. (2012). Census 2012. Paramaribo, Suriname: Author.

    Google Scholar 

  • De Jong, C., & Kambel, E.-R. (Eds.). (2006). Marauny Na’Na Emandobo Lokono Shikwabana. ‘Marowijne: Our Territory’. Moreton-in-Marsh, England: Forest Peoples Programme.

    Google Scholar 

  • De Kleine, C. (2002). Surinamese Dutch. In E. B. Carlin & J. Arends (Eds.), Atlas of the languages of Suriname (pp. 209–232). Leiden, The Netherlands: KITLV Press.

    Google Scholar 

  • Dehaene, S., Spelke, E., Pinel, P., Stanescu, R., & Tsivkin, S. (1999). Sources of mathematical thinking: Behavioral and brain-imaging evidence. Science, 284, 970–974.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Garcia, O. (2009). Bilingual education in the 21st century: A global perspective. New York, NY: Blackwell/Wiley.

    Google Scholar 

  • Government of Suriname. (2005). Second periodic report to the United Nations committee on the rights of the child (CRC/C/SUR/2). Retrieved May 15, 2015, from http://ow.ly/OjyNI

  • Government of Suriname. (2013). Combined third and fourth report on the convention on the rights of the child of the republic Of Suriname 2007–2012 (CRC/C/SUR/3-4). Retrieved May 15, 2015, from http://ow.ly/OjytK

  • Kambel, E.-R. (2006). Indigenous peoples and maroons in Suriname, Inter-American development bank, economic and sector study series (RE3-06-005). Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank.

    Google Scholar 

  • Kambel, E.-R. (2013). Bilingual numeracy education and indigenous rights: A community based initiative from Suriname. Intercambio, Bulletin of the IDEA Education Research Network, 5(5).

    Google Scholar 

  • Kambel, E.-R. (2014, April). Resisting the one-size-fits-all education model for indigenous peoples in Suriname: A human rights analysis. Paper presented at SOGIP/Forum Conference: Education, learning and indigenous peoples’ rights: what knowledge, skills, and languages for sustainable livelihoods? Tromsø, Norway.

    Google Scholar 

  • Kambel, E.-R., & MacKay, F. (1999). The rights of indigenous peoples and maroons in Suriname (IWGIA Document No. 96). Copenhagen, Denmark: IWGIA.

    Google Scholar 

  • Kroon, S., & Yagmur, K. (2012). Meertaligheid in het onderwijs in Suriname. Een onderzoek naar praktijken, ervaringen en opvattingen van leerlingen en leerkrachten als basis voor de ontwikkeling van een taalbeleid voor het onderwijs in Suriname. Rapport in opdracht van het Ministerie van Onderwijs en Volksontwikkeling en de Nederlandse Taalunie. [Multilingualism in Surinamese education. A study on the practices, experiences and opinions of students and teachers as the basis for the developing of a language policy for the education in Suriname. Report commissioned by the Ministery of Education and the Dutch Language Association]. Den Haag, The Netherlands: Nederlandse Taalunie.

    Google Scholar 

  • Léglise, I., & Migge, B. (2014). Language practices and linguistic ideologies in Suriname: Results from a school survey. In E. B. Carlin, I. Léglise, B. Migge, & P. B. Tjon Sie Fat (Eds.), In and out of Suriname. Language, mobility, identity. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004280120

  • MacKay, F. (2006). Moiwana zoekt gerechtigheid. De strijd van een marrondorp tegen de Staat Suriname. [Moiwana looking for justice. The struggle of a maroon village against the State of Suriname]. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: KIT Publishers.

    Google Scholar 

  • MacKay, F. (2010). Saramaka. De strijd om het bos. Inclusief de uitspraak van het Inter-Amerikaans Hof voor de rechten van de mens. [Saramaka. The Fight for the Forest. Including the judgment of the Inter-American Court for Human Rights] Amsterdam, The Netherlands: KIT Publishers.

    Google Scholar 

  • Michiels, L. (2011). Skoro na lasteng, Onderzoek naar voortijdig schoolverlaters in Para (Unpublished master thesis). Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

    Google Scholar 

  • Ministry of Education and Development, MINOV. (2008). Implementation plan education for the interior 2008–2015. Plan of action to realize the right to quality education for every child in Suriname. Paramaribo, Suriname: Author.

    Google Scholar 

  • Ministry of Education and Development, MINOV. (2011). Data map research planning and monitoring. Paramaribo, Suriname: Author.

    Google Scholar 

  • Rutu Foundation. (2012). Survey on attitude of teachers, parents and stakeholders on intercultural bilingual education. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Author.

    Google Scholar 

  • Salillas, E., & Wicha, N. (2012). Early learning shapes the memory networks for arithmetic evidence from brain potentials in bilinguals. Psychological Science, 23, 745–755.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Serra, C. (2007). Assessing CLIL at primary school: A longitudinal study. The International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 10(5), 582–602.

    Google Scholar 

  • Sheng, L., Lu, Y., & Kan, P. F. (2011). Lexical development in Mandarin-English bilingual children. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 14, 579–587.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Skutnabb-Kangas, T., Phillipson, R., Mohanty, A. K., & Panda, M. (Eds.). (2009). Social justice through multilingual education. Linguistic diversity and language rights. Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters.

    Google Scholar 

  • Smith, N. (2002). The history of the Surinamese creoles II: Origin and differentiation. In E. B. Carlin & J. Arends (Eds.), Atlas of the languages of Suriname (pp. 131–151). Leiden, The Netherlands: KITLV Press.

    Google Scholar 

  • Spelke, E. S., & Tsivkin, S. (2001). Language and number: A bilingual training study. Cognition, 78, 45–88.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Tavares, N. (2014). How strategic use of L1 in an L2-medium mathematics classroom facilitates L2 interaction and comprehension. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 18(3), 270–288.

    Google Scholar 

  • UNESCO. (2013). Interactive atlas of the world’s languages in danger. Retrieved May 16, 2015, from http://www.unesco.org/languages-atlas/index.php

    Google Scholar 

  • UNICEF. (2013). Suriname: Multiple indicator cluster survey 2010. Paramaribo, Suriname: Author. Retrieved May 16, 2015, from http://www.childinfo.org/files/MICS4_Suriname_FinalReport_Eng.pdf

    Google Scholar 

  • United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. (2007). Concluding observations to Suriname’s second periodic report (UN Doc. CRC/C/SUR/CO/2).

    Google Scholar 

  • Valverde, G., & Näslund-Hadley, E. (2010). The state of numeracy education in Latin-America and the Caribbean. Washington, DC: Inter-American Development Bank.

    Google Scholar 

  • Van Stipriaan, A. (1993). Surinaams contrast: Roofbouw en overleven in een Caraïbische plantagekolonie, 1750–1863 (KITLV, Caribbean Series 13). Leiden, The Netherlands: KITLV Press.

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • Youssef, V. (2002). Issues of bilingual education in the Caribbean: The cases of Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 5(3), 182–193. doi:10.1080/13670050208667754

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  • United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). (2009). Concluding observations Suriname (CERD/C/SUR/CO/12). Retrieved May 15, 2015, from http://ow.ly/OjAyU

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2016 Sense Publishers

About this chapter

Cite this chapter

Pichon, E.L., Kambel, ER. (2016). Challenges of Mathematics Education in a Multilingual Post-Colonial Context. In: Babaci-Wilhite, Z. (eds) Human Rights in Language and STEM Education. SensePublishers, Rotterdam. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6300-405-3_13

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6300-405-3_13

  • Publisher Name: SensePublishers, Rotterdam

  • Online ISBN: 978-94-6300-405-3

  • eBook Packages: EducationEducation (R0)