Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 137–162 | Cite as

On culture, geometrical thinking and mathematics education

  • Paulus Gerdes


This article confronts a widespread prejudice about mathematical knowledge, that mathematics is ‘culture-free’, by demonstrating alternative constructions of euclidean geometrical ideas developed from the traditional culture of Mozambique. As well as establishing the educational power of these constructions, the article illustrates the methodology of ‘cultural conscientialization’ in the context of teacher training.


Mathematics Education Teacher Training Mathematical Knowledge Traditional Culture Geometrical Idea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paulus Gerdes
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  1. 1.Faculty of MathematicsEduardo Mondlane UniversityMaputoMozambique

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