for the learning of mathematics

an international journal of mathematics education

Steven Khan - Vol. 28 Num. 2 (2008)
 Mathematics and the steel drum


This paper investigates the value of adopting ethnomathematical and embodied perspectives in exploring the potential of the steel drum for mathematics education inquiry that is culturally situated in Trinidad and Tobago. I examine and discuss some of the stated goals of education outlined in the mathematics curriculum of Trinidad and Tobago and suggest that aspects of Trinidadian culture, specifically the steel pan (drum) become a focus for mathematical inquiry. I suggest that the steel pan has the potential to serve as a rich domain for mathematical investigations and I investigate what I consider to be some mathematical motifs in a simple composition.