The interdisciplinarity of ethnomathematics: challenges of ethnomathematics to mathematics and its education

Andrea V. Rohrer, Gert Schubring

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Abstract

Since the creation of the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics, several researchers have debated on how could or should a theory of ethnomathematics exist, and, if so, how it is to be conceptualized. So far, there exists no consensus on how this theory should be defined.
During the last International Conference on Ethnomathematics (ICEm-4) in Towson, Maryland (July, 2010), Rik Pinxten emphasized on the necessity of reopening this debate. Ethnomathematics will only be acknowledged by other scientific communities if we, as ethnomathematicians, are able to establish a proper conceptualization of this field of study.This article aims to at least one possible approach to a conceptualization of a theory of ethnomathematics. As we will show, this theory needs to be regarded as an interdisciplinary discipline that covers theories from both the exact and social sciences.

Resumen

Desde la creación del Grupo Internacional de Estudios Etnomatemáticos, diversos investigadores han debatido sobre cómo podría o debería existir la teoría de las Etnomatemáticas y si ese es el caso, sobre cómo debería ser conceptualizada. Hasta este momento no existe consenso sobre cómo debería ser definida esta teoría.
Durante la conferencia internacional de Etnomatemáticas (ICEm-4) en Towson, Maryland (julio, 2010), Rik Pinxten enfatizó en la necesidad de reabrir este debate. Las Etnomatemáticas solo podrán ser reconocidas por otras comunidades científicas solo si, como Etnomatemáticos, se es posible establecer una conceptualización apropiada para este campo de estudio.

Este artículo tiene como objetivo dar al menos una aproximación sobre la conceptualización de una teoría de la Etnomatemáticas. Como se verá, esta teoría tiene que ser considerada como una disciplina interdisciplinaria que abarca las teorías de las ciencias exactas y sociales.


Palabras clave


Ethnomathematics; Interdisciplinarity; Ethnography; Ethnology; Universalism; Etnomatemática; Interdisciplinariedad; Etnografía; Etnología; Universalismo

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