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ERIC Number: EJ942326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
Perspectives on Sami Mathematics Education
Fyhn, Anne Birgitte; Eira, Ellen J. Sara; Sriraman, Bharath
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v42 n2 p185-203 May 2011
The Sami are an indigenous people of the Arctic, and through a resolution of the United Nations, Norway is bound to take care of the Sami culture and language. Since 1987 the Sami have had their own curriculum, but they have no mathematics syllabus. In this paper we summarize the legal acts that take care of the Sami culture within the Norwegian educational system, and then discuss three examples of Sami mathematics, which can be part of a possible Sami mathematics syllabus. First, a unit of measurement is presented, second, a unique way of treating the ratios 2:1 and 1:2 is described, and finally the use of some Sami versus Norwegian geometry terms are exposed. The three examples are situated in relation to the Yup'ik Eskimo Mathematics in a Cultural Context (MCC), as described by Lipka, Webster, and Yanez (2005) and their contribution in this special issue of "Interchange."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway