Papua New Guinea Indigenous knowledges about mathematical concepts

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Abstract

This paper presents some aspects of Indigenous mathematics in Papua New Guinea in order to establish its value for Indigenous people and their education. It also points out the value of research into Indigenous mathematics to strengthen mathematics education in general. It provides richer perspectives and understandings of mathematical relationships and language. The paper complements previous work undertaken on counting systems based on work by Glen Lean (Glen Lean Ethnomathematics Centre University of Goroka, 2003; Owens, 2000, 2001) and focusses on recent research in the space and geometry and measurement aspects of Papua New Guinea Indigenous mathematics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-50
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Mathematics and Culture
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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