Ethnomathematics

 

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE

Now in its fourth year, the Ethnomathematics Summer Institute will allow University of Hawaiʻi faculty, staff, and students to design and implement mathematics grounded in the ethnic, historical, and cultural diversities of our state. The resulting research and practicum-based textbook may be used by current educators to supplement curriculum, and future teachers as training material. Past publications were featured in print, online, and on the air at the Mathematical Association of America, UH Mālamalama Magazine, UH Systemwide News, Hawaiʻi Herald, Hawaiʻi Public Radio, and Honolulu Star Advertiser.

According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Statement on Equity (2008), “When we respect all students’ inventions, experiences, and applications of mathematics, we provide them with equal opportunity for access and achievement.” Thus, students will create and carry out individual projects, based upon selected mathematics topics. Examples include navigation calculations with geometric properties, number foundations in the environment, and reawakening pride in fishing traditions and sinusoidal curves.

There has never been a more important time to cultivate sustainable conditions that advance student success in college.

 Institute scholars will participate in field studies to the following locations: Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology’s Coconut Island in Kaneʻohe Bay, Mokauea Island Fishing Village in Keʻehi Lagoon, sailing on the Noa Noa with the Polynesian Voyaging Society around Oʻahu and hiking to Kalaupapa on the island of Molokaʻi.

 Contact – Dr. Linda Furuto lfuruto@hawaii.edu