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Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 31, Issue 1–2, pp 201–233 | Cite as

Making sense of ethnomathematics: Ethnomathematics is making sense

  • Bill Barton
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Abstract

There are unacknowledged difficulties within the literature of culture and mathematics, specifically in the use of the term ethnomathematics. As a step towards a more coherent approach, a framework to review the literature is proposed, and three authors examined. From this analysis, a definition of ethnomathematics is derived and elaborated. Two examples are reviewed as a test of the power of the definition and the resultant description of ethnomathematics.

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  • Bill Barton
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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