Founded on ethnomathematics research, the project aims to increase the mathematics learning of first-, fourth-, and seventh-grade elementary school students in ten Pacific island groups. Over the past five years, team members have developed and field-tested culturally and linguistically sensitive grade-level curriculum units in specific mathematics topics, such as numbers and counting, division of whole numbers and fractions, and elements of geometry, each focused on the indigenous mathematics learning experiences embedded within each of the ten island communities.
The late Dr. Sandy Dawson (PREL, University of Hawai‘i) and Dr. Thomas Craven (University of Hawai‘i) were the original Principal Investigators of MACIMISE. Dr. Donald Rubinstein (PREL; University of Guam) took over for Sandy Dawson in November 2014.
The MACIMISE project is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Award No. 0918309).