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ERIC Number: ED546062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 117
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-8911-8
Algebra Is a Civil Right: Increasing Achievement for African American Males in Algebra through Collaborative Inquiry
Davies Gomez, Lisa
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, California State University, East Bay
Algebra is the gatekeeper of access to higher-level math and science courses, higher education and future earning opportunities. Unequal numbers of African-American males drop out of Algebra and mathematics courses and underperform on tests of mathematical competency and are thus denied both essential skills and a particularly important pathway to economic and other opportunities. Through Collaborative Inquiry by teachers this study explored increasing achievement in Algebra for African American males in a middle school Algebra program. This participatory research study was conducted in an urban middle school in an effort to address low levels of Algebra achievement. The study included a written survey, videotaped classroom lesson observations, debrief sessions of the videotapes, teacher interviews and a student focus group. The findings included emerging effective teaching strategies, race matters in instructional practices and student interactions and the power of teacher developed collaboration to change practice and increase achievement. An important finding was that race matters and if we expect the bleak condition for African American males in Algebra to change conversations about race must take center stage and include instructional practice and relationships. The findings from the study will be shared with district leaders, teacher educators and the math community in an effort to support Algebra instruction in classrooms to increase achievement for African American Males in mathematics, thus closing the achievement gap and increasing student's future learning and opportunities. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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