An Assessment of Mathematics Teachers' Awareness of Ethnomathematics Approach in Mathematics Teaching

By Lucy Eraikhuemen and Lucky Aiwuyor Aikpitanyi.

Published by The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation

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This study was designed to investigate the extent of awareness of Ethnomathematics approach by mathematics teachers and the influence of gender and location on their awareness of Ethnomathematics teaching approach. The sample for the study consisted of 121 mathematics teachers in forty-two randomly selected public secondary schools in three local government areas. Three research questions were raised and three hypotheses were formulated to direct the study. An instrument titled “Ethnomathematics Opinion Survey Questionnaire” was used to collect data for the study. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results showed that there is a low level of awareness of Ethnomathematics teaching approach among mathematics teachers. Also, gender and location of teachers have no influence on teachers’ level of awareness. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that regular seminars and workshops on Ethnomathematics teaching approach should be organized for mathematics teachers.

Keywords: Mathematics, Teachers, Ethnomathematics, Rural, Urban, Male, Female, Teaching

The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation, Volume 21, Issue 3-4, February 2015, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 9, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 727.264KB)).

Dr. Lucy Eraikhuemen

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Benin., University of Benin, Benin, Edo, Nigeria

I am 47years old. An Associate Professor of Mathematics Education. I have 15years University Teaching Experience. My research interest is in the areas of Mathematics teaching and learning, Women education in Science and Technology and Gender studies. I have supervised 17 post graduate projects in Mathematics Education. I am currently the Assistant Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria.

Lucky Aiwuyor Aikpitanyi

Mathematics Teacher, Akenzua 2 Secondary School, Post Primary Education Board, Benin City, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

Lucky Aiwuyor AIkpitanyi holds a masters degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Benin, Benin City. He has taught senior secondary school Mathematics in the pass 12 years. His research interest is in Mathematics teaching and learning.