Listening to the voices of the knowledge holders: the role of language in ethnomathematical research
: Ethnomathematics and its diverse approaches for mathematics education OUTPUT TYPE
: Chapter in Monograph PUBLICATION YEAR
: M.MosimegeSOURCE EDITOR(S)
: M.Rosa, L.Shirley, M.E.Gavarrete, W.V.AlanguiKEYWORDS
, MATHEMATICS TEACHINGDEPARTMENT
: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
: HSRC Library: shelf number 9962
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Language plays a central role in ethnomathematical research. It allows the researcher to interact with the knowledge holders and research participants at a level and in a context where they can express themselves in a language that they are more comfortable with. The use of indigenous languages in research empowers
knowledge holders to be free, expressive and more engaging and willing to share more of their knowledge. It is essential that the researcher familiarises himself with the language of the knowledge holder to derive more benefit and gain access to forms of expressions associated with the aspect of investigation. In cases where
there is no knowledge of the language, the researcher needs to explore ways in which this limitation can be reduced for the enhancement of the interaction and collection of data.