Culturally Aware Mathematics Education Technology


Education and learning take place in a situation that is heavily influenced by the cul- ture of the learners’ context because this context affects a learner’s cognitive processes in learning. Hence, to improve the conditions for learning, e-learning environments and their contents have to be presented and interact with the learner in a culturally appropriate way. Therefore, an e-learning system for cross-cultural usage has to adapt to the students’ diverse cultural background. For the enculturation of the European platform for mathematics learning, ActiveMath, a number of dimensions had to be adapted culturally: presentation of system and learning material, terminology, selection and sequencing of learning ob jects, interaction, and learning scenarios. The chapter describes ActiveMath’ enculturation: the empirical basis, computational model, and computational techniques for the cultural adaptation.


, 2009-08