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On Culture, Geometrical Thinking and Mathematics Education

Paulus Gerdes
Educational Studies in Mathematics
Vol. 19, No. 2, Mathematics Education and Culture (May, 1988), pp. 137-162
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3482571
Page Count: 26
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Abstract

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.

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