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ERIC Number: EJ1060394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
A High School Statistics Class Investigates the Death Penalty
Brelias, Anastasia
Mathematics Teacher, v108 n9 p704-708 May 2015
Recommendations for reforming high school mathematics curricula emphasize the importance of engaging students in mathematical investigations of societal issues (CCSSI [Common Core State Standards Initiative] 2010; NCTM [National Council of Teachers of Mathematics] 2000). Proponents argue that these investigations can positively influence students' social awareness and their perceptions of the use of mathematics for understanding societal problems (Frankenstein 1997; Gutstein 2006; Skovsmose 1994). In this article, I share results from my analysis of high school students' experiences as they participated in an investigation of racial bias and the death penalty. Although this classroom investigation took place about ten years ago, the lessons from students' experiences are still relevant today.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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