ERIC Number: ED430804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
What Is Ethnomathematics and Why Should We Teach It? Crossing Cultures: Communicating through the Curriculum.
Arismendi-Pardi, Eduardo Jesus
This paper defines ethnomathematics and reviews the methods used to incorporate this philosophy into the current teaching of mathematics. Ethnomathematics rejects inequity, arrogance, and bigotry while challenging the Eurocentric bias that denies the mathematical contributions and rigor of other cultures. A review of the literature shows that the teaching of ethnomathematics will bring awareness to students that Europe is not now nor was it ever the center of civilization. Ultimately, this method will present an accurate history of mathematics, use a variety of examples to solve problems from a variety of cultures, and recognize that learning mathematics is a unique process for every individual. (CCM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the National Conference of the Center for the Study of Diversity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (San Diego, CA, April, 1999).