Selected Works
by Claudia Zaslavsky
1917 – 2006
African and Multicultural Mathematics,
Ethnomathematics,
Mathematics Education, etc.
Chronological List
Click here for a list classified by topic with selected additional items by other authors.
Index
- Africa Counts: Number and Pattern in African Culture
Boston: Prindle, Weber & Schmidt, 1973.
- The original and still classic book on African cultural mathematics: number words, geometrical forms, applications of numbers, hand gestures, games, and more. Hardcover edition is out of print.
- Extended review by R.W. Wilder in Historia Mathematica, Vol. 2 (1975), pp. 207-210.
- Paperback reprint:
Westport, Conn.: Lawrence Hill and Co., 1979.
Second edition:
Brooklyn, N.Y.: Lawrence Hill Books, 1990.
- Third edition:
Africa Counts: Number and Pattern in African Cultures
Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books (Chicago Review Press), 1999.
(Web ordering information from the Independent Publishers Group.)
- Excerpt published as ``The Yoruba number system'', 1983 (q.v.).
- Afrika Számol
Budapest: Gondolat, 1984.
- Hungarian translation of Africa Counts.
- L'Afrique Compte! Nombres, formes et démarches dans la culture africaine
Marseille, France: Éditions du Choix, 1995.
- French translation of Africa Counts.
- Excerpts published online:
Ethnomathematics Digital Library,
http://www.ethnomath.org/resources/zaslavsky1999.pdf
- Preparing Young Children for Math: A Book of Games
New York: Schocken, 1979.
- For adults. Out of print.
- Revised paperback edition.
New York: Schocken, 1986.
- Out of print.
- Count On Your Fingers African Style
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1980.
- Some varieties of African hand and finger gestures for numbers. A book for children. National Council of Christians and Jews citation. Notable Social Studies Book (National Council for Social Studies, 1980). Outstanding Science Book (National Science Teachers Association, 1980). Honor book for the 1981 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award of the American Library Association.
Count On Your Fingers African Style (revised edition)
Illustrated by Wangechi Mutu.
[New York]: Black Butterfly Books (division of Writers and Readers Publishing), 1999. Distributed by Publishers Group West.
ISBN 0-86316-250-9.
- (Web ordering information from Publishers Group West.)
- Tic Tac Toe: and other three-in-a-row games from ancient Egypt to the modern computer
Illustrated by Anthony Kramer.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1982.
- For children. Several of the games are African. Out of print.
- Zero: Is It Something? Is It Nothing?
Illustrated by Jeni Bassett.
New York: Franklin Watts, 1989.
- For children. Out of print.
- Multicultural Mathematics: Interdisciplinary Cooperative-Learning Activities
Portland, Me.: J. Weston Walch, 1993.
- Activities for middle school (grades 5 and up). With teaching guide.
- Multicultural Math: Hands-On Math Activities from Around the World
New York: Scholastic Professional Books, 1994.
Series: Instructor Books.
- Activities for grades 3-6. Out of print. Click for description.
- Fear of Math: How to Get Over It and Get On with Your Life
New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1994.
- For adults. Many anecdotes drawn both from personal contacts and a survey of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences and various ethnicities and colors. Examples of the use and misuse of math in everyday life. And more.
- The Multicultural Math Classroom: Bringing in the World
Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 1996.
- For teachers of grades 1-8. Click for publisher's catalog and book description; Spanish description.
- Math Games and Activities from Around the World
Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1998.
(Web ordering information from the Independent Publishers Group.)
- For children ages 8 and up.
- Jogos e atividades mathemáticas do mundo inteiro
Porto Alegre, Brazil: Artmed Editora, 2000.
ISBN 85-7307-626-7.
- Portuguese translation.
- Complex Chinese edition,
Taipei, Taiwan: Yuan T. Lee Foundation, 2002.
ISBN 957-0352-23-X.
- Japanese edition,
Wani Books, 2004.
ISBN 4-8470-1557-6.
- Korean edition,
Seoul, Korea: KyungMoon Publishers, 2005.
ISBN 89-7282-825-4.
- Juegos y actividades matemáticas de todo el mundo
México, D.F.: Selector, 2005.
ISBN 970-643-830-0.
- Spanish translation (abridged).
- Zanimatel'naya Matematika
Minsk: Popurri, 2005.
ISBN 985-483-379-8.
- Russian translation.
- Excerpts published online:
Ethnomathematics Digital Library,
http://www.ethnomath.org/resources/zaslavsky1998.pdf
- Etnomatek 1. Matematikai Játé&kok és Fejtörök a Világ Minden Tájáról
Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 2013.
ISBN 978-963-05-9413-4.
- Hungarian translation.
- Number Sense and Nonsense: Building Math Creativity and Confidence Through Number Play
Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2001.
ISBN: 1-55652378-5.
(Web ordering information from the Independent Publishers Group.)
- For children ages 8-12.
- More Math Games and Activities from Around the World
Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2003.
(Web ordering information from the Independent Publishers Group.)
(Telephone orders from the Independent Publishers Group: (800) 888-4741.)
- For children ages 9 and up.
- Black African traditional mathematics
Mathematics Teacher, Vol. 63 (April, 1970), pp. 345-356.
- Reprinted in:
The Realm of Science series.
- Mathematics of the Yoruba people and of their neighbors in southern Nigeria
Two-Year College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 1 (Fall, 1970), pp. 76-99.
- Mathematics in the study of African culture
Arithmetic Teacher, Vol. 20 (Nov., 1973), pp. 532-535.
- What is math for?
Urban Review, Vol. 8 (Fall, 1975), pp. 232-240.
- Raises many of the questions that are under discussion today, such as equity in mathematics education, curriculum that is relevant to the students, and the role of ``New Math'' in both the United States and developing countries (e.g., Nigeria).
- African network patterns
Mathematics Teaching, No. 73 (Dec., 1975), pp. 12-13.
- The Afro-American mathematical heritage
Outlook, Vol. 20 (Summer, 1976), pp. 3-8.
- African stone game
Teacher, Vol. 94 (Oct., 1976), pp. 110-112.
- African numbers
Teacher, Vol. 94 (Nov., 1976), pp. 91-96.
- Math: rote vs. experience
Notes from the Workshop Center for Open Education (School of Education, City College of CUNY), Vol. 5 (Fall, 1976), pp. 21-28.
- African patterns
Mathematics Teacher, Vol. 70 (May, 1977), p. 386.
- It's OK to count on your fingers
Teacher, Vol. 96, No. 6 (Feb., 1979), pp. 54-56.
- Excerpts reprinted in:
Education Digest (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Vol. 44, No. 8 (April, 1979), pp. 57-59.
- Teacher education: Mathematics in other cultures
Historia Mathematica, Vol. 6 (May, 1979), pp. 189-194.
- An early start in math
Teacher, Vol. 97, No. 3 (Nov.-Dec., 1979), pp. 123-124.
- Symmetry and other mathematical concepts in African life
Pp. 82-95 in:
Applications in School Mathematics (1979 Yearbook)
edited by Sidney Sharron et al.
Reston, Va.: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1979.
- Mathematics education: The fraud of `Back to Basics' and the socialist counterexample
Science and Nature, No. 4 (1981), pp. 15-27.
- As important as reading: Math education
Cuba Times, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Summer, 1981), pp. 17--22.
- The shape of a symbol/The symbolism of a shape
Teacher, Vol. 98 (Feb., 1981), pp. 36-43.
- Networks -- New York subways, a piece of string, and African traditions
Arithmetic Teacher, Vol. 29, No. 2 (Oct., 1981), pp. 42-47.
- Reprinted in:
Activities for Junior High School and Middle School Mathematics, Vol. 2.
Compiled by Kenneth E. Easterday, F. Morgan Simpson, and Tommy Smith.
Reston, Va.: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1999.
- Three-in-a-row games
Instructor, Vol. 92 (April, 1983), p. 120.
- The Yoruba number system
Pages 110-126 in:
Ivan van Sertima, ed.,
Blacks in Science: Ancient and Modern
(= Journal of African Civilizations, vol. 5, nos. 1-2
(April, Nov., 1983)).
New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Books, 1983.
- Excerpts from Africa
Counts.
- Are the Russians ahead in Math Ed?
New York State Mathematics Teachers' Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2 (1984), pp. 89-92.
- Bringing the world into the math class
Curriculum Review, Vol. 24, No. 3 (Jan.-Feb., 1985), pp. 62-65.
- Reprinted, pp. 76-78, in:
Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice
Milwaukee, Wisc.: Rethinking Schools, Ltd., 1994.
- Learning about the Soviet Union
Selection 14, pp. 68-73, in:
Educating for Global Responsibility: Teacher-Designed Curricula for Peace Education, K-12,
edited by Betty Reardon.
New York and London: Teachers College Press, 1988.
- How do we spend our money?
Selection 15, pp. 74-79, in:
Educating for Global Responsibility: Teacher-Designed Curricula for Peace Education, K-12,
edited by Betty Reardon.
New York and London: Teachers College Press, 1988.
- About the military budget.
- People who live in round houses
The Arithmetic Teacher, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Sept., 1989), pp. 18-21.
- Spanish description.
- Who invented COBOL?
AWM Newsletter [Association for Women in Mathematics], Vol. 19, No. 1 (Jan.-Feb., 1989), pp. 3-5.
- Reprinted in:
WME Newsletter [Women in Mathematics Education], Vol. 14, No. 2 (Winter, 1992), pp. 2, 8-9.
- Integrating mathematics with the study of cultural traditions
Pp. 14-15 in:
Mathematics, Education, and Society
edited by Christine Keitel et al.
Proceedings of the Fifth Day Special Programme at the Sixth International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-6), Budapest, 1988.
Paris: UNESCO, 1989.
- Talk presented at the opening session of the Fifth Day.
- Will technology come first in mathematics education?
Pp. 315-318 in:
The Mathematics Curriculum: Towards the Year 2000
edited by J. Malone, H. Burkhardt, and C. Keitel.
Perth, Western Australia: Curtin University of Technology, 1989.
- Proceedings of the panel at ICME-6, Budapest, 1988.
- Symmetry in American folk art
Arithmetic Teacher, Vol. 38, No. 1 (Sept., 1990), pp. 6-12.
- Effects of race and class on mathematics education in the United States
Pp. 256-263 in:
Political Dimensions of Mathematics Education: Action and Critique
edited by Richard Noss et al.
Proceedings of the First International Conference, London, 1990.
London: University of London, 1990.
- Multicultural mathematics education for the middle grades
Arithmetic Teacher, Vol. 38, No. 6 (Feb., 1991), pp. 8-13.
- World cultures in the mathematics class
For the Learning of Mathematics, Vol. 11, No. 2 (June, 1991), pp. 8-13.
- Talk at the International Conference on History in Mathematics Education, Leicester, U.K., 1990.
- Reprinted as Chapter 15, pp. 307-320, in:
Ethnomathematics: Challenging Eurocentrism in Mathematics Education
edited by Arthur B. Powell and Marilyn Frankenstein.
Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1997.
- Women as the first mathematicians
WME Newsletter [Newletter of Women in Mathematics Education], Vol. 14, No. 1 (Fall, 1991), p. 4.
- According to the author, this article should not be taken literally! It is intended to provoke thought about the role of women in cultural development.
- Reprinted with addendum in ISGEm Newsletter [Newsletter of the International Study Group for Ethnomathematics], Vol. 7, No. 1 (Jan., 1992).
- Las Mujeres Como las Primeras Matemáticas
- Spanish translation of the reprint, in the Spanish translation of ISGEm Newsletter; at http://web.nmsu.edu/~pscott/isgems71.htm.
- A multicultural approach to math education
CONNECT, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Sept., 1992), pp. 1-2.
- Multicultural mathematics: One road to the goal of mathematics for all
Chapter 4, pp. 45-55, in:
Reaching All Students with Mathematics,
edited by Gibert Cuevas and Mark Driscoll.
Reston, Va.: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1993.
- Revised version published 2005.
- Generalizations and teaching strategies for mathematics
Chapter, pp. 223-248, in:
Planning and Organizing for Multicultural Instruction, 2nd edition,
by Gwendolyn C. Baker.
Menlo Park, Calif.: Addison-Wesley, 1993.
- Mathematics in Africa: Explicit and implicit
by C. Zaslavsky.
Part 1, Chapter 1.8, pp. 85-92, in Volume 1 of:
Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences
edited by I. Grattan-Guinness.
London, Routledge, 1994.
- `Africa Counts' and ethnomathematics
For the Learning of Mathematics, Vol. 14, No. 2 (June, 1994), pp. 3-8.
- How Africa Counts came to be written. Also, thoughts about and experiences with introducing multiculturalism into the elementary and secondary mathematics curriculum.
- From Howard Eves to Africa Counts to multicultural mathematics education
Pp. 171-174 in:
In Eves' Circles (Proceedings of the Howard Eves Conference)
edited by Joby Milo Anthony.
MAA Notes, No. 34.
Washington: Mathematical Association of America, 1994.
- Integrating mathematics with community service
by Gwendolyn Clinkscales and Claudia Zaslavsky.
Chapter 15, pp. 142-150, in:
Multicultural and Gender Equity in the Mathematics Classroom: The Gift of Diversity (1997 Yearbook),
edited by Janet Trentacosta and Margaret J. Kenney.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1997.
- Bringing the world into the mathematics classroom
Multicultural Approaches in Mathematics and Science.
ENC Focus [Eisenhower National Clearing House], Vol. 5, No. 1 (1998), pp. 5-7.
- Republished as:
Bringing the world into the math classroom
Eisenhower National Clearing House, online edition, September, 2004,
http://www.enc.org/features/focus/archive/mathroots2/document.shtm?input=FOC-002356-index
Has expanded author info.
- Ethnomathematics and multicultural mathematics education
Teaching Children Mathematics, Vol. 4, No. 9 (May, 1998), pp. 502-503.
- The ``In My Opinion'' column.
- Reprinted, pp. 8-9, in:
Reflecting on NCTM's `Principles and Standards' in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Readings from NCTM's School-Based Journals,
edited by Anne R. Teppo.
Reston, Va.: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2002.
- Web ordering information.
- The Inka quipu: Positional notation on a knotted cord
by Claudia Zaslavsky with Bianka Crespo.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Nov., 2000), pp. 164-166, 180-184.
- African networks and African-American students
Pp. 157-166 in:
Changing the Faces of Mathematics: Perspectives on African Americans
edited by Marilyn Strutchens, Martin Johnson, and William F. Tate.
Reston, Va.: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2000.
- Developing number sense: What can other cultures tell us?
Teaching Children Mathematics, Vol. 7, No. 6 (Feb., 2001), 312-319.
- African customs as applied to the mathematics clasroom
Pp. 16-17 in:
Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education
Edited by Louise S. Grinstein and Sally I. Lipsey.
New York and London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2001.
- Mathematics anxiety
Pp. 451-452 in:
Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education
Edited by Louise S. Grinstein and Sally I. Lipsey.
New York and London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2001.
- Native American games and activities
Chapter 13, pp. 151-155, in:
Changing the Faces of Mathematics: Perspectives on Indigenous People of North America.
Edited by Judith Elaine Hankes and Gerald R. Fast.
Reston, VA: National Council of?Teachers of Mathematics, 2002.
- Yup'ik border patterns in the curriculum
by Esther A. Ilutsik and Claudia Zaslavsky.
Chapter 25, pp. 277-283, in:
Changing the Faces of Mathematics: Perspectives on Indigenous People of North America.
Edited by Judith Elaine Hankes and Gerald R. Fast.
Reston, VA: National Council of?Teachers of Mathematics, 2002.
- Exploring world cultures in math class
Educational Leadership, Vol. 60, No. 2
(Oct., 2002), pp. 66-69.
- ``When math curriculums incorporate the study of world cultures, students learn to appreciate cultural differences and critically examine their own society.''
- Magic squares
Connect, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Nov./Dec., 2003), pp. 10-13.
- The influence of ancient Egypt on Greek and other numeration systems
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Nov., 2003), pp. 174-178.
- Multicultural math: One road to the goal of mathematics for all
Chapter 14, pp. 124-129 in:
Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers,
edited by Eric Gutstein and Bob Peterson.
Milwaukee, Wisc.: Rethinking Schools, Ltd., 2005.
- Revised version of "Multicultural mathematics: One road to the goal of mathematics for all" (1993).
- Socialist Mathematics Education
by Frank J. Swetz.
Burgundy Press, 1978.
Review appeared in:
Science and Society, Vol. 44, No. 2 (Summer, 1980), pp. 244-247.
- Essay review:
Black Mathematicians and Their Works,
edited by Virginia K. Newell et al.
Ardmore, Pa.: Dorrance, 1980.
A Negro History Compendium by Ethel M. Turner.
Cheyney, Pa.: Cheyney State College, 1971.
Review appeared in::
Historia Mathematica, Vol. 10 (1983), pp. 105-115.
- A Convergence of Lives: Sofia Kovalevskaia: Scientist, Writer, Revolutionary,
by Ann Hibner Koblitz.
Boston: Birkhauser, 1983.
Second, revised edition:
New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1993
Review appeared in:
New York State Mathematics Teachers' Journal, Vol. 36, No. 3 (1986), p. 177.
- Measures and Men,
by Witold Kula.
Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1986.
Review appeared in:
Science and Society, Vol. 52, No. 3 (Fall, 1988), pp. 373-375.
- Symmetries of Culture: Theory and Practice of Plane Pattern Analysis,
by Dorothy K. Washburn and Donald W. Crowe.
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1988.
Review appeared in:
AWM Newletter, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Jan.-Feb., 1990), pp. 9--11.
- Women of Mathematics: A Bibliographic Sourcebook,
by Louise S. Grinstein and Paul J. Campbell.
Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1987.
Review appeared in:
New York State Mathematics Teachers' Journal, Vol. 40, No. 1 (1990), p. 59.
- Mathematics Education in Secondary Schools and Two-Year Colleges: A Sourcebook,
edited by Paul J. Campbell and Louise S. Grinstein.
New York: Garland, 1988.
Review appeared in:
New York State Mathematics Teachers' Journal, Vol. 40, No. 2 (1990), p. 132.
- Mathematics and Global Survival,
by Richard H. Schwartz.
Ginn, 1989.
Review appeared in:
AWM Newsletter, Vol. 20, No. 3 (May-June, 1990), pp. 14-15.
- Relearning Mathematics: A Different Third R--Radical Math,
by Marilyn Frankenstein.
Longdon: Free Association Books, 1989.
Review appeared in:
AWM Newsletter, Vol. 20, No. 5 (Sept.-Oct., 1990), pp. 15-16.
- Where Do I Put the Decimal Point? How to Conquer Math Anxiety and Increase Your Facility with Numbers,
by Elisabeth Ruedy and Sue Nirenberg.
Henry Holt, 1990.
Review appeared in:
AWM Newsletter, Vol. 21, No. 6 (Nov.-Dec., 1991), p. 10.
- Women and Numbers: Lives of Women Mathematicians Plus Discovery Activities,
by Teri Perl.
World Wide Publishing/Tetra, 1993.
Review appeared in:
WME Newsletter [Women in Mathematics Education], Vol. 16, No. 1 (Fall, 1993), pp. 4, 11.
- Common Threads: Women, Mathematics, and Work,
by Mary Harris.
Stoke-on-Trent, Eng.: Trentham Books, 1997.
Review appeared in:
AWM Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Jan.-Feb., 1998), pp. 13-15.
- Geometry from Africa: Mathematical and Educational Explorations,
by Paulus Gerdes.
Washington: Mathematical Association of America, 1999.
Review appeared in:
Humanistic Mathematics Network Journal, No. 23 (Sept., 2000), pp. 55-57.
- Awakening of Geometrical Thought in Early Culture,
by Paulus Gerdes.
Minneapolis: MEP Publications, 2003. ISBN 0-930656-75X.
Review appeared in:
Indilinga, African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Vol. 2 (2003), No. 1, pp. 115-116.
Review also appeared in:
History and Pedagogy of Mathematics Newsletter, No. 53 (July, 2003), pp. 9-10.
- Title also appears as Awakening of Geometric Thought in Early Culture.
- *Mathematics Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Mathematics., edited by Helaine Selin.
Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer, 2000.
Review appeared in:
NASGEm Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 2 (November, 2003), pp. 18-21.
- Building bridges to mathematics: Cultural connections
by Gloria Gilmer, S. Soniat-Thompson, and Claudia Zaslavsky.
Menlo Park, Calif.: Addison-Wesley, 1992.
- Activity cards for grades K-8.
- ``Africa Counts''
with Claudia Zaslavsky and Lamin Mansary.
Maths Miscellany, Cassette M000/F (1 audio cassette).
Milton Keynes, Eng.: The Open University, ca. 1990.
- Originally a programme broadcast by the BBC. Cassette also contains a second programme in the same series.
- Fear of Math: How to Get Over It and Get On with Your Life
Read by Kerry Cundiff.
Catalog code RC 43230 (2 audio cassettes).
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, 1997.
- Free distribution through cooperating libraries to eligible borrowers.
- Telling kan være både enkelt og komplisert (in Norwegian)
Interview by Stieg Mellin-Olsen.
Tangent, Nr. 1, 2. årgang (1991), pp. 21-24.
- English version:
Claudia Zaslawski [sic], pp. 103-115 in:
Mathematics Education: Women's Talk.
By Stieg Mellin-Olsen.
Landås, Norway: Caspar Forlag, 1995.
- Claudia Zaslavsky: Author
Pp. 152-155, 251-252 in:
She Does Math! Real Life Problems from Women on the Job.
Edited by Marla Parker.
Washington: Mathematical Association of America, 1995.
- Claudia Zaslavsky
Pp. 347-350 in:
Retire in New York City -- Even If You're Not Rich.
By Janet Hays and Rita Henley Jensen.
Chicago: Bonus Books, 2002.
- Report of an interview.
Prepared by Thomas Zaslavsky.
E-mail to the Pagemaster.