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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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