Summer Institute Explores Cultural Relevance Of Math
Group of people on beach with island in background

Participants in the 2011 Ethnomathematics Summer Institute visit Kalaupapa, Molokaʻi. (Photo courtesy UH West Oʻahu)

The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu is currently taking applications for its Ethnomathematics Summer Institute, which will be held May 20–June 2. Now in its fifth year, this groundbreaking program allows University of Hawaiʻi faculty, staff and students to design and implement mathematics grounded in the ethnic, historical and cultural diversities of Hawaiʻi.

Institute scholars will participate in field studies to the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology’s Coconut Island in Kāneʻohe Bay and Mokauea Island Fishing Village in Keʻehi Lagoon. Scholars will also sail with the Polynesian Voyaging Society around Oʻahu and hike to Kalaupapa on the island of Molokaʻi.

The resulting research and practicum-based textbook from the Ethnomathematics Summer Institute may be used by current educators to supplement mathematics curriculum and future teachers as training material.

The Ethnomathematics Summer Institute may be taken as a three-credit elective course (MATH 296). All current University of Hawaiʻi students who have passed MATH 100, faculty and staff are invited to apply. Neighbor island participants will be responsible for flights and accommodations while on Oʻahu.

Information workshops for applicants

Potential participants must attend a mandatory pre-institute workshop. Two workshops will be offered in February.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
5–6 p.m.
UH West Oʻahu, E109

Friday, February 15, 2013
11 a.m.–noon
UH West Oʻahu, E132

For more information, contact Linda Furuto at

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