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ERIC Number: EJ1068268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1744-1803
Mathematically Successful Sons: The Roles Perceptions, and Experiences of African American Parents
Berry, Robert Q., III.
Adults Learning Mathematics, v3 n2b p23-35 Nov 2008
The stories of four mathematically successful middle schools African American boys are used to describe the roles, perceptions, and experiences of their parents. The parents of played multiple roles for their sons: (a) guardians of opportunities, (b) standard setters, (c) resources for mathematical knowledge, and (d) models of success. As guardians of opportunities, these parents were advocates, protectors, and supporters. As standards setter, parent placed high value on education and succeeding academically. As resource for mathematical knowledge, parents provided or served as a resource. As models of success, parents provided or served as roles models. Each of these roles shaped the mathematical experiences and contributed to the development of a mathematical identity that shaped the boys' understandings of and persistence with mathematics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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