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Title:Methodological challenges in doing ethnomathematical research
Author:Mosimege, MogegeISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:International Journal of African Renaissance Studies (ISSN 1818-6874)
Volume:7
Issue:2
Pages:59-78
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:indigenous knowledge
mathematics
games
research methods
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18186874.2013.774698
Abstract:Researchers in ethnomathematics are confronted by a variety of methodological questions when they carry out ethnomathematical research. These have to deal with: participants and knowledge holders; language used in research; interviews and observations; familiarity (or lack thereof) with the knowledge holders; mathematical analysis of cultural artefacts; etc. Knowledge in this field engages with indigenous knowledge systems. This article primarily deals with indigenous games from South Africa. The author explores questions which arose from his own research and provides possible solutions. He also reflects on and analyses other studies that have grappled with the questions and draws on the implications and insights of these studies in constructing the suggested answers. The article demonstrates that ethnomathematical research contributes to the demystification of the historical false projection by colonialism that Africa and Africans were and are not culturally embedded in mathematics - especially applied mathematics. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]
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