Bidodeeloltag Neek'ahgo: Perceptions and Uses of Mathematics on the San Carlos Apache Reservation
AuthorStevens, Philip Joel
AdvisorCombs, Mary Carol
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis dissertation examines the perception and uses of mathematics on the San Carlos Apache reservation. The initial research questions were: 1) To what extent can the identification of Apache mathematics concepts provide a theoretical basis for the inclusion of Apache mathematical knowledge into the classrooms? 2) How will the identification of Apache mathematics use within the community affect the perception of community members' mastery of mathematics in general? Eight enrolled adult Apache community members were interviewed and observed utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods regarding their use and perception of mathematics. The data suggests that the English word "mathematics" represents a narrow perception of mathematics whereas the study interviewees indicated that they engaged in complex mathematical concepts that are identified and discussed as a culturally distinct phenomena, Apache mathematics.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Language, Reading & Culture