How Local Are Local People? Beyond Exoticism

Eric Vandendriessche, J.R.S. Mafra, Maria Cecilia Fantinato, Karen Francois

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In this article we shall evaluate the possibility of a meta-level analysis based on two empirical long term ethnographical investigations. This analysis is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers involved in the ethnomathematics programme. Insights drawn from anthropology, mathematics, learning theory, epistemology and philosophy converge in our meta-level analysis. The main research questions at the basic level of empirical research are the analyses of local ethnomathematical practices on four levels: a descriptive level (appearance), an analytical level (mathematical rationale), an educational level (informal learning) and an interactive level (integration of local and global knowledge). The purpose of this meta-analysis is to broaden the theoretical toolkit for further empirical investigations in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics education and life at times of crisis
Subtitle of host publicationMathematics education aProceedings of the Ninth International Mathematics Education and Society Conference –MES–
EditorsAnna Chronaki
Place of PublicationThessaly: University of Thessaly Press
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 9th International Conference of Mathematics Education and Society - MES9 -
Duration: 2 Apr 20177 Apr 2017


ConferenceThe 9th International Conference of Mathematics Education and Society - MES9


  • Ethnomathematics
  • Mathematical Education
  • Exoticism


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