Western mathematics is not the only mathematics

Western mathematics is the dominant form of mathematics most people learn in contemporary schools. Until 15 years ago it was assumed that this mathematics was culture-free knowledge (Bishop, 1990). As Bishop says, many argued that two plus two equals four is a universal truth and an idea that is culture-free. Seminal literature has challenged this notion, suggesting such mathematics is imbued with values such as rationalism, objectivism, and power and control (Bishop, 1990; Weiglass, 2002). Western mathematics is not the only mathematics that exists in society. For example, with regard to number, engagement begins by counting (commonly finger counting) and recording numbers using a universal symbol system.” (46)

Ref: Elizabeth Warren, Antoinette Cole, Eva deVries (2009) ‘Closing the gap: Myths and truths behind subitisation’ Australasian Journal of Early Childhood 34(4)Dec: 46-53

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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