ERIC Number: ED440847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Equalizing Expectations, Achieving Equity.
Steen, Lynn Arthur
This paper proposes that equity--including gender equity--is an integral part of the agenda of the mathematics standards, and the standards provide an important means of achieving equity. Conventional wisdom on the subject is elaborated upon and professional analysis on equal education in mathematics is provided. Issues in learning and teaching are also pointed out, especially cooperative learning. This paper concludes with the idea that if politicians and education leaders accept the challenge of rigorous standards for all children, if parents expect as much in mathematics from their daughters as from their sons, and if teachers diversify their pedagogy to better match instruction with each student's approach to learning, then perhaps the cycle of lowered expectations can be broken. The prescription for achieving equity is to marshal consistent support for equal expectations. (ASK)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Mathematics Education, Sex Differences, Teaching Methods
For full text: http://www.stolaf.edu/people/steen/papers/edl.html.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at a workshop sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (Seattle, WA, April 1997).