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Ethnomathematics: the cultural aspects of mathematics

Author(s): Milton Rosa | Daniel Clark Orey

Journal: Revista Latinoamericana de Etnomatemática
ISSN 2011-5474

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 32;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Ethnomathematics | Culture | Mathematics Curriculum | Sociocultural Contexts | Informal Mathematics | Academic Mathematics

Ethnomathematics studies the cultural aspects of mathematics. It presents mathematical concepts of the school curriculum in a way in which these concepts are related to the students’ cultural and daily experiences, thereby enhancing their abilities to elaborate meaningful connections and deepening their understanding ofmathematics. Ethnomathematical approaches to mathematics curriculum are intended to make school mathematics more relevant and meaningful for students and to promote the overall quality of their education.In this context, the implementation of an ethnomathematical perspective in the school mathematics curriculum helps to develop students’ intellectual, social, emotional, and political learning by using their own unique cultural referents to impart their knowledge, skills, and attitudes. This kind of curriculum providesways for students to maintain their identity while succeeding academically.
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