Charoula Stathopoulou, Darlinda Moreira: Diversity in European school populations: A study in Portugal and Greece with particular attention to Romany cultures

Abstract

The growing cultural diversity of school populations poses new challenges to schools and also to schooling equity. Schools (as well as minority and dominant group leaders) should avoid cultural closure and instead should involve recognition of different ways of knowing, in order to share cultural elements and to enable constructive interactions; these practices promote education for peace, respect for diversity and social justice. In this paper, we explore the contributions of Ethnomathematics to the understanding of school diversity in Portugal and Greece, focusing particularly on the Romany culture of these countries. We suggest ways to improve mathematics learning and enhancing the social role of mathematics education in general.
 
MENON: Journal Of Educational Research, http://www.kosmit.uowm.gr/site/journal (ISSN: 1792-8494)
Full article: ISSUE 2b, 2013 (p. 20-31)