Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Milton Rosa, Lawrence Shirley
    Pages 1-3 Open Access
  3. Ubiratan D’Ambrosio
    Pages 5-10 Open Access
  4. Milton Rosa, Daniel Clark Orey
    Pages 11-37 Open Access
  5. Milton Rosa, Lawrence Shirley
    Pages 39-40 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 41-45

About this book


This survey on the modernity of ethnomathematics addresses numerous themes related to both ethnomathematics and mathematics education. It offers a broader view of mathematics, including ideas, procedures, concepts, processes, methods, and practices rooted in distinct cultural environments. In addition, by reflecting on the social and political dimensions of ethnomathematics, another important aspect of this research program is the development of innovative approaches for a dynamic and glocalized society. Ethnomathematics recognizes that members of different cultures develop unique mathematical techniques, methods, and explanations that allow for an alternative understanding and transformation of societal norms. The theoretical basis of ethnomathematics offers a valid alternative to traditional studies of history, philosophy, cognition, and pedagogical aspects of mathematics. The current agenda for ethnomathematics is to continue an ongoing, progressive trajectory that contributes to the achievement of social justice, peace, and dignity for all.  The debates outlined in this book share a few of the key ideas that provide for a clearer understanding of the field of ethnomathematics and its current state of the art by discussing its pedagogical actions, its contributions for teacher education, and its role in mathematics education.


Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Curricular Implications Ethnomathematics Ethnomodelling Ethnocomputing History of Ethnomathematics Innovative Approaches Mathematics Education Pedagogical Approaches Polysemic Interactions Six Dimensions of Ethnomathematics Social Justice Social Turn Teacher Education Trivium Curriculum for Mathematics

Authors and affiliations

  • Milton Rosa
    • 1
  • Ubiratan D’Ambrosio
    • 2
  • Daniel Clark Orey
    • 3
  • Lawrence Shirley
    • 4
  • Wilfredo V. Alangui
    • 5
  • Pedro Palhares
    • 6
  • Maria Elena Gavarrete
    • 7
  1. 1.Centro de Educacao Aberta e a DistaUniversidade Federal de Ouro PretoOuro PretoBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Bandeirantes AnhanguerSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Universitário Morro do CruzeiroUniversidade Federal de Ouro PretoOuro PretoBrazil
  4. 4.Towson University TOWSONUSA
  5. 5.University of the Philippines BaguioBaguioPhilippines
  6. 6.Instituto de Educação (IE)University of MinhoBragaPortugal
  7. 7.Universidad Nacional de Costa RicaHerediaCosta Rica

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-30119-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-30120-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-5947
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-5955
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