ERIC Number: ED471919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Culture and Mathematics: An Overview of the Literature with a View to Rural Contexts. Working Paper.
Bush, William S.
This paper summarizes the literature and research on the relationships between culture and mathematics. Ethnomathematics examines the ways that different cultural groups use mathematics. Various definitions of ethnomathematics are presented, along with a framework covering areas of mathematics and mathematics education included in the term. Summaries and sample writings are offered for each of these areas: the cultural nature of mathematics, mathematical thought in different cultures, cultural history of mathematics, politics of mathematics, mathematics learning in different cultures, situated cognition including language and bilingualism, societal effects of mathematics education, and relationships between ethnomathematics and mathematics education. In addition, research is cited on the effects of culture on mathematics achievement, focusing on the transmission of cultural influences via popular media, parents, teachers, and students' own beliefs and attitudes. Examples of cultural influences on mathematics achievement are offered for Asian American, African American, Native American, and Hispanic students, as well as students from some foreign cultures. A research agenda for culture and mathematics is outlined that is relevant to understanding how mathematics is situated in a rural setting. (Contains 119 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Comparative Education, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Culturally Relevant Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Ethnomathematics, Mass Media Effects, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Influence, Rural Education, Social Influences, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
For full text: http://kant.citl.ohiou.edu/ACCLAIM/rc/rc_sub/pub/3_wp/BB_WP1.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Ohio Univ., Athens.