Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Daniel Orey, a Sacramento State professor of Teacher Education who specializes in mathematics and multicultural education, will discuss Ethnomathematics. A research program developed by Brazilian philosopher, educator, and mathematician Ubiratan D'Ambrosio, Ethnomathematics uses aspects of mathematics modeling to study the relationship between mathematics and culture.
Ethnomathematicians study the diverse contexts in which mathematics is used
outside of academic situations. An ethnomathematics program provides a basis for
acknowledging mathematical structures in non-western societies and possesses the
power to connect culture to mathematics. In this talk, Dr. Orey will share
examples of cultural and mathematical practices he has come across in his
travels around the world, including Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, Nepal, and