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ERIC Number: EJ1085821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2151-2612
Affinity through Mathematical Activity: Cultivating Democratic Learning Communities
Sengupta-Irving, Tesha
Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, v7 n2 p31-54 Dec 2014
In this article, the author demonstrates how a broader view of what shapes affinity is ideologically and practically linked to creating democratic learning communities. Specifically, the author explores how a teacher employed complex instruction (an equity pedagogy) with her ethnically and racially diverse students in the "lowest track" Algebra I course. Sociometric network analyses used to model peer relationships revealed an affinity among three students that could not be explained by shared attributes or history (e.g., race or gender). Through field note analyses, the author argues these students' affinity was forged through shared mathematical activity--what she terms a "workship." This workship reflected equitable relationships born of diverse youth learning to work together by working together. The author discusses implications of the workship for teachers and researchers, as well as the constraints that stratified mathematics programs can place on classroom-based efforts to advance equity.
Journal of Urban Mathematics Education. Georgia State University, College of Education and Human Development, MSE, 30 Pryor Street Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30303. Tel: 404-413-8409; Fax: 404-413-8063; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
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