Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1711

Full Length Research Paper

Articulation of ethnomathematical knowledge in the intercultural bilingual education of the Guna people

Luisa Morales Maure
  • Luisa Morales Maure
  • Department of Mathematics, University of Panama, Panama.
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Diomedes Fabrega
  • Diomedes Fabrega
  • Ministry of Education of Panama, Panama.
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Marcos Campo Nava
  • Marcos Campo Nava
  • Academic Area of Mathematics and Physics, Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo, Mexico.
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Orlando García Marimon
  • Orlando García Marimon
  • Faculty of Biosciences and Public Health, University Specialized of Americas, USA.
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  •  Received: 26 November 2017
  •  Accepted: 27 March 2018
  •  Published: 23 April 2018


The aim of this research is to study the fundamental elements used to broaden mathematical knowledge and to establish  guidelines for its development using Intercultural Bilingual Education (IBE) framework. This study is an experimental quantitative research. Problem solving pretest and posttest were given to the students of Carti Tupile School (control group) in Spanish and students of Sayla Olonibiginya School (experimental group) in their mother tongue. A didactic guide was used as the learning method in IBE for the fourth grade students of Sayla Olonibiginya School. It was used to motivate them to discover the principles and concepts of mathematics in arithmetic and geometry. The results showed that  traditional methodologies are not  better than the didactic guide used for contextualized development under the IBE.

Key words: Intercultural Bilingual Education, mother tongue, ethno-mathematics, problem-solving, didactic guide.