Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 179–191 | Cite as

Mathematics education in its cultural context

  • Alan J. Bishop


This paper presents the results of a series of analyses of educational situations involving cultural issues. Of particular significance are the ideas that all cultural groups generate mathematical ideas, and that ‘Western’ mathematics may be only one mathematics among many. The values associated with Western mathematics are also discussed, and various issues raised by these analyses are then presented.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. Bishop
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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