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  1. Ethnomathematics : A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas by M. Ascher, 1991-06-13
  2. Ethnomathematics: Challenging Eurocentrism in Mathematics Education (Suny Series, Reform in Mathematics Education)
  3. Pacific Ethnomathematics: A Bibliographic Study by Nicholas J. Goetzfridt, 2007-11
  4. Ethnomathematics by U D'Ambrosio, 2006-06-19
  5. Ethnomathematics and aboriginal student anxiety.: An article from: Academic Exchange Quarterly by Catherine McGregor, Peter MacMillan, et all 2005-09-22
  6. Introducing Paulus Gerdes' Ethnomathematics Books by Paulus Gerdes, 2009-01-01
  7. Explorations in Ethnomathematics and Ethnoscience in Mozambique by Various, 1994
  8. Ethnomathematics,Challenging Eurocentrism in Mathematics Education , 1997 publication by various, 1997-01-01
  9. Ethnomathematics: Challenging Eurocentrism in Mathematics Education --1997 publication. by Powell, 1997-01-01
  10. Ethnomathematics; a multcultural view of mathematical ideas. by Marcia Ascher, 1991
  11. Africa Counts: Number and Pattern in African Cultures by Claudia Zaslavsky, 1999-04-01
  12. Science and an African Logic by Helen Verran, 2001-12-15
  13. African Fractals: Modern Computing and Indigenous Design by Ron Eglash, 1999-03-01
  14. Mathematical Works Printed in the Americas, 1554--1700 (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Mathematics) by Bruce Stanley Burdick, 2009-01-22

1. Ethnomathematics - Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
ethnomathematics is the study of the relationship between mathematics and culture. It refers to a broad cluster of ideas ranging from distinct numerical and
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Using inline citations (July 2007) Ethnomathematics is the study of the relationship between mathematics and culture . It refers to a broad cluster of ideas ranging from distinct numerical and mathematical systems to multicultural mathematics education. The goal of ethnomathematics is to contribute both to the understanding of culture and the understanding of mathematics, but mainly to appreciating the connections between the two.
  • The Development and Meaning of 'Ethnomathematics' Areas of Ethnomathematics
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      The term 'ethnomathematics' was introduced by the Brazilian educator and mathematician Ubiratan D'Ambrosio in 1977 during a presentation for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Since D'Ambrosio put forth the term, people - D'Ambrosio included - have struggled with its meaning. Below is a sampling of some of the definitions of ethnomathematics proposed between 1985 and 1998: "The mathematics which is practiced among identifiable cultural groups such as national-tribe societies, labour groups, children of certain age brackets and professional classes" (D‘Ambrosio, 1985).

2. Ethnomathematics Digital Library (EDL)
Collection of links and papers covering the interaction of mathematics and culture, with emphasis on the indigenous mathematics of the Pacific region.
We hope you find the content of this website useful. Please note that this website is no longer being updated.
Welcome to the Ethnomathematics Digital Library. The EDL provides access to online resources worldwide. There are about 700 items in the collection, and we are regularly adding new ones, particularly those relevant to the Pacific region. Please help us improve the site by spending 5 minutes filling out a short
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The Ethnomathematics Digital Library is a component of the National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Digital Library (NSDL), funded by the National Science Foundation.

3. ISGEm
ISGEm International Study Group on ethnomathematics (english), ISGEm Grupo de Estudio Internacional de Etnomatemática (español)
ISGEm International Study Group on Ethnomathematics (english) ISGEm Grupo de Estudio Internacional de Etnomatemática (español) ISGEm Gruppo di Studio Internazionale di Etnomatematica (italiano) ISGEm Grupo de Estudo Internacional de Etnomatemática (português) In memoriam: Claudia Zaslavsky January 12, 1917 – January 13, 2006 Il necrologio per Claudia Zaslavsky

4. Ethnomathematics Resources Compiled By Katharine Patterson And Others
ethnomathematics refers to any form of cultural knowledge or social activity characteristic of a social and/or cultural group that can be recognized by
Ethnomathematics Unit and other resources Updated on June 26, 2005 Please alert to any non-functioning links. You might do your own web search if the links are not functioning to find where the topic had moved. From an email from Orey , Daniel C [ I might invite your students to look over the Algorithm Collection Project: and Ron English's: Culturally Situated Design Tools: teaching math through culture: Ethnomathematics Unit developed by Katherine Patterson Multicultural Ideas for your Math Class Ethnomathematics
Ethnomathematics refers to any form of cultural knowledge or social activity characteristic of a social and/or cultural group that can be recognized by other groups such as 'Western' anthropologists, but not necessarily by the group of origin, as mathematical knowledge or mathematical activity" Geraldo Pompeu , Jr. ( Pontifica Universidade Catolica de Campinas , Brazil- ISGMe A Definition of Ethnomathematics
Gloria Gilmer, Math-Tech Inc.

5. Ethnomathematics Web Quest
the assignment page after you have submitted the above form. To go directly to a listing of ethnomathematics Resources available on the web, click here.
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Mathematics is not a linear science! Cultures all over the world have made important discoveries. As explorers traveled the world, they brought to their own countries the advancements in math and sciences they found in the various places they visited. Textbooks tell us a lot about the Greeks and the Europeans and their marvelous contributions; now your job is to find out what other peoples developed through the years. As you learn some mathematical facts from a variety of cultures, try to decide which you think are the most interesting and important. This may be the basis for your presentation project!
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History of Mathematics in Africa African Games Egyptian Math: Ahmes What Were You Thinking? Yoruba Number System ... The Abacus
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6. The Chronicle: October 6, 2000: Good-Bye Pythagoras?
What worries critics the most is teacher education, where ethnomathematics is most prevalent. Some people feel that learning the mathematical methods of
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Good-Bye Pythagoras?
'Ethnomathematics' embraces non-European methods of math; critics fear a decline in rigor By ELIZABETH GREENE At California's Orange Coast College, students in mathematics classes learn about ALSO SEE:
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Colloquy: Join a debate on issues raised in this article the geometric designs in Navajo rugs when their professor, Eduardo Jesus Arismendi-Pardi, teaches the concept of slope.
Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute use African fractals patterns that repeat themselves at many different scales in their computer-graphics simulations for Ron Eglash, an assistant professor of mathematics.
At the Newark campus of Rutgers University, students in teacher-education courses led by Arthur B. Powell work out river-crossing problems based on different cultures in their study of algebra.
And using a cultural analogy that's close to home, Jim Barta teaches his elementary-education students at Utah State University a new way to think about the Cartesian coordinate system: street mapping in towns settled by Mormons is based on a system much like the one in which positive and negative numbers name intersections of lines.

7. Ethnomathematics An Absolutely Essential Key For Mathematics
The previous explanation DOES NOT imply that ethnomathematics is ONLY an instrument to improve mathematical education. Indeed, the role of Ethnomathemtics

Jama Musse Jama You are visitor [ ] since 1st May 1998 The First International Congress on Ethnomathemtics
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Ethnomathematics : an absolutely essential key for Mathematics Education.
Of course, "the way of doing" mathematics, which means the way of teaching and learning it, cannot be reduced unique and universal at least in the very early elementary levels of learning mathematics. In this stage there is no difference between " using mathematics " and "doing mathematics ", infact what we do in the early elementary levels of mathematical education is to explain and to understand in a mathematical language those simple operations which we use to manage the every-day-live: counting, estimating, calculating etc. Needless to say how native algorithms to perform these operations are culturally-dependent and, therefore, are different. That is why the ( Ethno )-Mathematics becomes absolutely essential for mathematics education. The previous explanation DOES NOT imply that Ethnomathematics is ONLY an instrument to improve mathematical education. Indeed, the role of Ethnomathemtics is much more than improvement of way of teaching. During the The Latin-American Seminar of Phylosophy and History of Ideas , in his note entitled ETHNOMATHEMATICS AS REVISIONISM?

8. Ethnomathematics
This special feature on ethnomathematics demonstrates some of the different ways that mathematics has developed and is used in the Pacific region.
When most people think of mathematics, they think of numbers. But mathematics is much more: It also includes skills such as recognizing patterns, storing information, and constructing objects.
What Is Ethnomathematics?
Today, most people around the world are taught mathematics based on the decimal number system and techniques developed by Western mathematicians.
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The Mayan Zero
They developed a counting system that used dots, lines, and a drawing of a shell. Each dot represented one, a line represented five, and the shell represented zero. These symbols were grouped together to form a base 20 number system. The system appears more complicated than the decimal system, and also has a strong link to astronomy.
Some of the Mayan people were keen astronomers, and the number system they developed helped them
to track the movement of the sun, the moon, and the planet Venus. Using their mathematical skills, they developed some of the most accurate calendars that we know of. Incan Quipu
A quipu is a length of string in which knots are tied, and which is usually attached to a belt or a thicker length of string. The knots were used to represent numbers. The Incas used a decimal number system, and this meant that they also used the number zero.

9. Word Spy - Ethnomathematics
ethnomathematics (ETH.noh.math.uh.mat.iks; th as in thin) n. Mathematics as practiced by nonWestern ethnic groups and marginalized groups within Western
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(ETH.noh.math.uh.mat.iks; th as in thin) n . Mathematics as practiced by non-Western ethnic groups and marginalized groups within Western society. Also: ethno-mathematics
ethnomathematician n Example Citations: Eglash's research fits in squarely with " ethnomathematics ," a term coined in the '80s and usually used to describe the mathematical practices of smaller or indigenous cultural groups. While ethnomathematicians have studied Mayan calendars and even boomerang flights, a unifying theme is an emphasis on mathematical accomplishments outside the Western canon. Advocates see ethnomathematics as a useful way to make math more expansive and relevant to students from different backgrounds. Critics characterize it as a diversion from numbers that could lead to softer standards.
The Associated Press , April 29, 2003 Ethnomathematics
Technology Review , August 1995 Earliest Citation: Native American Mathematics appears at a time when interest in ethnomathematics is on the increase. Educational projects devoted to developing mathematics materials relevant to the Native American heritage, style of learning, and economic environment are currently under way at Northern Arizona University, Oklahoma State University, and the Fort Ojibway School in Minnesota, to name but a few. An International Study Group on

10. Ethnomathematics-Key Text
The term ‘ethnomathematics’ was first used in the late 1960s by a Brazilian mathematician, Ubiratan D’Ambrosio, to describe the mathematical practices of
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This topic is sponsored by Pacific Resources for Education and Learning Advocates of ethnomathematics say it is helping different cultures to understand each other. The term ‘ethnomathematics’ was first used in the late 1960s by a Brazilian mathematician, Ubiratan D’Ambrosio, to describe the mathematical practices of identifiable cultural groups. Some see it as the study of mathematics in different cultures, others as a way of making mathematics more relevant to different cultural or ethnic groups, yet others as a way of understanding the differences between cultures. But perhaps the most powerful claim for the new discipline has been made by D’Ambrosio himself (quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education , 6 October 2000): Mathematics is absolutely integrated with Western civilization, which conquered and dominated the entire world. The only possibility of building up a planetary civilization depends on restoring the dignity of the losers and, together, winners and losers, moving into the new. [Ethnomathematics, then, is] a step towards peace. This makes ethnomathematics a rather unusual discipline, because it attempts to meld science and social justice. This isn't something that sits comfortably with many scientists: science, they argue, is science, and trying to make it politically correct will only impede its progress. Some educators fret that teaching mathematics using an ethnomathematical approach reduces it to a social-studies subject that teaches students little about ‘real’ mathematics. Others simply ridicule the whole notion: according to one disparaging journalist, 'Unless you wish to balance your checkbook the ancient Navajo way, it’s probably safe to ignore the whole thing'.

11. THE WAY WE LIVE NOW: 2-23-03: CRASH COURSE; Ethnomathematics - New York Times
Feb 23, 2003 ethnomathematics has a few parents, but most observers trace its formal birth to a speech given by the Brazilian mathematician Ubiratan

12. How Menstruation Created Mathematics
In their work on ethnomathematics, Borba (1990) and D’Ambrosio (1990) define the compnonents of ethnomathematics as the follows
ethnos mathema tics Thus they define mathematics as the quantitative techniques that humans develop in response to the problems, struggles, and endeavors of human survival. So what was the first use of quantitative techniques in human development? It is important to realize that this development development of quantitative thinking always takes place within a cultural context. It is influenced by and influences that culture. Indeed, quantitative thinking is a vital component of culture. So what was the first use of quantitative techniques or tics in human development? And who were the first people to do this mathematics? The evidence points to women as the first people to do mathematics and to menstruation as the motivation for this activity. This evidence begins with the Ishango bone, a small scratched bone found on the shores of Lake Edward in Zaire, Africa. A microscopic analysis of the incisions on this bone shows that it is a six month lunar calendar (Marshack, 1972, p. 27-32). This bone has been dated between 25,000 and 20,000 B.C.E.
The Ishango Bone
Notched bone from the Congo, Africa. 25,000 to 20,000 BCE. The markings on the Ishango Bone represent a six-month lunar calendar.

13. Hoover Institution - Hoover Digest - Ethnomathematics
Political correctness hits the math classroom. By Diane Ravitch.
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font-size: 300%; float: left; color: #000000; font-family: sabon,garamond,serif; It seems our math educators no longer believe in the beauty and power of the principles of mathematics. They are continually in search of a fix that will make math easy, relevant, fun, and even politically relevant. In 1989, the The NCTM standards of 1989 prompted textbook publishers to seek innovative ways to make math fun and easy. Those were the days of innocence in pursuit of relevance. Now mathematics is being nudged into a specifically Partisans of social justice mathematics advocate an explicitly political agenda in the classroom. A new textbook, Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers, shows how problem solving, ethnomathematics

14. Ethnomathematics - Brookings Institution
Opinion by Diane Ravitch; The Wall Street Journal (6/20/05)
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Education K-12 Education Diane Ravitch , Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies The Wall Street Journal It seems our math educators no longer believe in the beauty and power of the principles of mathematics. They are continually in search of a fix that will make it easy, relevant, fun, and even politically relevant. In the early 1990s, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics issued standards that disparaged basic skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, since all of these could be easily performed on a calculator. The council preferred real life problem solving, using everyday situations. Attempts to solve problems without basic skills caused some critics, especially professional mathematicians, to deride the "new, new math" as "rainforest algebra."
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Visit this site: Author: Nancy Casey Description: Ethnomathematics is the study of mathematics which takes into consideration the culture in which mathematics arises. Mathematics is often associated with the study of "universals"; however, it is important to recognize that often something we think of as universal is merely universal to those who share our cultural and historical perspectives. If we think of mathematics as the development of structures and systems of ideas involving number, pattern, logic, and spatial configuration and then examine how mathematics arises and is used in various cultures, we can gain a much deeper understanding of mathematics. A short essay and a bibliography. Levels: Elementary Middle School (6-8) High School (9-12) Languages: English Resource Types: Articles Bibliographies Math Topics: Social Sciences Math Ed Topics: Multiculturalism
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16. Ethnomathematics Approach To Teaching Language Minority Students
Teaching culturally appropriatemathematics to American Indians.
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An Ethnomathematics Approach to Teaching Language Minority Students
David M. Davison Limited English proficient (LEP) students experience difficulties in learning mathematics that may have little to do with difficulties in processing mathematical ideas. When these LEP students are from different cultures, speak languages other than English as their primary language, and have preferred differences in cognitive processing, the typical approach to organized mathematics instruction observed in American classrooms today is not appropriate. An ethnomathematics approach to the curriculum is advocated in this paper as a means of addressing this concern. D'Ambrosio (1985) defines 'ethnomathematics' as the mathematics needed by a particular subgroup of the population, be it an occupational group or a cultural group. Ethnomathematics includes curricular relevance, but is much more than building a curriculum around the local interests and culture of the learners. This local focus can become limited to the mathematics the students want to study, which they see related to either their traditional or emerging roles. While it is important not to ignore this local perspective, such an approach can overlook the organization of mathematical ideas and preclude the development of a structured mathematics curriculum. The goal is to provide students with mathematics content and approaches that will enable them to successfully master modern mathematics. An ethnomathematics approach to the curriculum can be a vehicle for achieving such a goal.

17. Ethnomathematics General - Mathematics And The Liberal Arts
Many pages focus on ethnomathematics and in the connections between mathematics and other disciplines. The notes in these pages are intended as much to
Ethnomathematics General - Mathematics and the Liberal Arts
Laterally related topics: The Stone Builders and The Jewish Tradition The Mathematics and the Liberal Arts pages are intended to be a resource for student research projects and for teachers interested in using the history of mathematics in their courses. Many pages focus on ethnomathematics and in the connections between mathematics and other disciplines. The notes in these pages are intended as much to evoke ideas as to indicate what the books and articles are about. They are not intended as reviews. However, some items have been reviewed in Mathematical Reviews , published by The American Mathematical Society. When the mathematical review (MR) number and reviewer are known to the author of these pages, they are given as part of the bibliographic citation. Subscribing institutions can access the more recent MR reviews online through MathSciNet Ascher, Marcia and Ascher, Robert. Ethnomathematics. Hist. of Sci. Number Words Logic Kinship Systems The Aranda ... The Sioux , and The Kpelle of Guinea Make comment on this entry D'Ambrosio, Ubiratan. Ethnomathematics: an explanation.

18. ICEM
The Executive Board of the International Study Group on ethnomathematics, meeting at in Auckland, New Zealand, in February 2006, selected Towson (near
FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ETHNOMATHEMATICS (ICEM-4) TOWSON, MARYLAND, USA JULY 25-30, 2010 (tentative dates) The Executive Board of the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics , meeting at in Auckland, New Zealand, in February 2006, selected Towson (near Baltimore), Maryland, USA, to be the site of the Fourth International Conference on Ethnomathematics (ICEM-4) in 2010. The ICEMs are conferences of the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics (ISGEm). They provide an opportunity for those interested in ethnomathematics to gather to exchange ideas formally in papers, less formally in demonstrations and field trips, and socially in conference events. The first ICEM was held in 1998 in Granada, Spain, followed in 2002 by ICEM-2 (II-CIEM) in Ouro Preto, Brazil. Auckland, New Zealand hosted ICEM-3 in February 2006. Thus, the fourth conference will located in a fourth continent! Also, 2010 will celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of ISGEm. ICEM-4 will be held in the summer of 2010, probably July 25-30. The exact dates will be confirmed later.

19. Ethnomathematics: From Corn Rows To Calculus | Kairosnews
Culture + Math = ethnomathematics. Just check out the Corn Row Curves program and see for yourself. I think it s a really neat project,
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Ethnomathematics: From Corn Rows to Calculus
Submitted by platypus matt on June 26, 2006 - 14:05. Ron Eglash is one of those smart types at RPI who's doing insanely cool and innovative things to get kids into math and science. I was just reading about some of his work involving "Culturally-Situated Design Tools," which, as the name implies, attempt to bridge the gap between abstract stuff like numbers and stuff that matters to kids, like corn rows, Native American beads, and snowflakes. Culture + Math = Ethnomathematics. Just check out the Corn Row Curves program and see for yourself. I think it's a really neat project, and I see applications for this kind of thing in my classroom. What do you think? Could you see me in corn rows? tags
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A Modest Collection of ethnomathematics Resources / Uma Modesta Coleção de Recursos para ONCE Organization for Northern California ethnomathematics
A Modest Collection of Ethnomathematics Resources / Uma Modesta Coleção de Recursos para Etnomatemática Updated March 8 , 2008 / atualizado 8 de mar o de 2008 ISGEm
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