This is the first comprehensive text on African Mathematics that can be used to address some of the problematic issues in this area. These issues include attitudes, curriculum development, educational change, academic achievement, standardized and other tests, performance factors, student characteristics, cross-cultural differences and studies, literacy, native speakers, social class and differences, equal education, teaching methods, knowledge level, educational guidelines and policies, transitional schools, comparative education, other subjects such as physics and social studies, surveys, talent, educational research, teacher education and qualifications, academic standards, teacher effectiveness, lesson plans and modules, teacher characteristics, instructional materials, program effectiveness, program evaluation, African culture, African history, Black studies, class activities, educational games, number systems, cognitive ability, foreign influence, and fundamental concepts. What unifies the chapters in this book can appear rather banal, but many mathematical insights are so obvious and so fundamental that they are difficult to absorb, appreciate, and express with fresh clarity. Some of the more basic insights are isolated by accounts of investigators who have earned their contemporaries' respect.
Winner of the 2012 Cecil B. Currey Book Award.
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About the Author
Abdul Karim Bangura is professor of research methodology and political science at Howard University in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in political science, a PhD in development economics, a PhD in linguistics, and a PhD in computer science. He also is the author of sixty-one other books and more than 500 scholarly articles.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: General Introduction Chapter 2: Beginnings: Mathematics of Bones Chapter 3: Geometry South of the Sahara Chapter 4: Numbers Chapter 5: Beginning of Written Mathematics: Egypt Chapter 6: The Maghrebian Tradition Chapter 7: Combinatorics and African Applications Chapter 8: Vector Calculus and African Applications Chapter 9: The Fourier Transform and African Applications Chapter 10: Mathematical Tiling/Tesselation and African Applications Chapter 11: Bifurcations and African Applications Chapter 12: Fractals Chapter 13: African-centered Automated Generation of Metadata Chapter 14: General Conclusion: Access to Mathematics versus Access to the Language of Power: Lessons from the Struggle in South African Multilingual Mathematics Classrooms Chapter 15 Bibliography