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ERIC Number: ED428113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 19
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A Review of Literature on Under Achievement of Minorities in Mathematics.
Mesa, Vilma
Research designed to understand the underachievement of minorities in general, and Latino immigrants in particular, is summarized as it relates to mathematics. Two paradigms have dominated this research: the Deficit paradigm and the Cultural Difference paradigm. A third paradigm, the Holistic paradigm, seems to account for most of the deficiencies of the other two models. The first section of the paper presents the advantages and disadvantages of the Deficit and Cultural Difference paradigms, and the second section presents the Holistic paradigm, which considers various relevant aspects, including societal influences, teacher attitudes, school mathematics curricula, student attitudes and behavior, and classroom processes. The final section reviews recent studies that have addressed the problem of minority underachievement in mathematics. The Contextual Systems Model proposed by R. Pianta and D. Walsh (1996) provides a framework for this exploration. (Contains 2 figures and 45 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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