Ethnomathematics and its Diverse Approaches for Mathematics Education

  • Milton Rosa
  • Lawrence Shirley
  • Maria Elena Gavarrete
  • Wilfredo V. Alangui

Part of the ICME-13 Monographs book series (ICME13Mo)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Milton Rosa, Maria Elena Gavarrete
      Pages 3-19
  3. Research Approaches on Ethnomathematics: Collection of Field Data

  4. Pedagogical Action of Ethnomathematics: Classroom Applications

  5. Purpose of Ethnomathematics in Mathematics/Mathematics Education: Cross-Cultural Situations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Tony Trinick, Tamsin Meaney, Uenuku Fairhall
      Pages 235-255
    3. Tod Shockey, John Bear Mitchell
      Pages 257-281
  6. Philosophical Features of Ethnomathematics: A Theoretical Basis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Ubiratan D’Ambrosio, Milton Rosa
      Pages 285-305
    3. Veronica Albanese, Natividad Adamuz-Povedano, Rafael Bracho-López
      Pages 307-328
    4. Daniel Clark Orey
      Pages 329-354
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 355-355
    2. Wilfredo V. Alangui, Lawrence Shirley
      Pages 357-362
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 363-366

About this book


This book addresses numerous issues related to ethnomathematics and diverse approaches to it in the context of mathematics education. To help readers better understand the development of ethnomathematics, it discusses its objectives and assumptions with regard to promoting an ethics of respect, solidarity, and cooperation across and for all cultures. In turn, the book addresses a range of aspects including pedagogical action, culturally relevant pedagogy, innovative approaches to ethnomathematics, and the role of ethnomathematics in mathematics education.

Ethnomathematics offers educators a valuable framework for transforming mathematics so that it can more actively contribute to realizing the dream of a just and humane society. As such, its primary goal is to forge mathematics into a powerful tool to help people create a society characterized by dignity for all, and in which iniquity, arrogance, violence, and bigotry have no place. 


culturally relevant pedagogy mathematics in anthropology history of mathematics cultural anthropology social justice mathematics in sociology cultural environments sociocultural representations Evolution of ethnomathematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Milton Rosa
    • 1
  • Lawrence Shirley
    • 2
  • Maria Elena Gavarrete
    • 3
  • Wilfredo V. Alangui
    • 4
  1. 1.Centro de Educacao Aberta e a DistaUniversidade Federal de Ouro Preto Centro de Educacao Aberta e a DistaOuro PretoBrazil
  2. 2.MathematicsTowson University MathematicsTowsonUSA
  3. 3.Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica HerediaCosta Rica
  4. 4.University of the Philippines Baguio BaguioPhilippines

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59219-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59220-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2520-8322
  • Series Online ISSN 2520-8330
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