ERIC Number: ED472097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Interweaving Mathematics and Indigenous Cultures.
Arnason, Karen; McDonald, Judith J.; Maeers, Mhairi; Weston, J. Harley
The authors are in the process of interweaving mathematical ideas and the cultural contributions of the indigenous peoples of the Americas into what they teach. They are interested in how mathematics can be viewed culturally through the teaching of Indian Studies and Cross Cultural Education classes, how cultural components can be included in mathematics methods classes at the elementary level and in how specific examples of local cultures can be integrated into the teaching and learning of mathematics. Advancements in technology have made it possible for them to disseminate their ideas to preservice and inservice teachers through a Web resource called Math Central http://MathCentral.uregina.ca, the creation of an indigenous mathematics resource Web site http://education.uregina.ca/arnasonk, and an online mathematics course together with in-house published textbooks. This paper provides a context for the authors' work, describes a collaborative Transdisciplinary Project, and uses individual narratives to outline their explorations into the interweaving of mathematics and culture. (Author)
Descriptors: American Indian Studies, Computer Uses in Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Elementary Education, Ethnomathematics, Inservice Teacher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Mathematics Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development
For full text: http://mathcentral.uregina.ca/papers/interweaving.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on New Ideas in Mathematics Education (Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia, August 19-24, 2001).