ERIC Number: EJ1105708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Multicultural and Gender Equity Issues in a History of Mathematics Course: Not Only Dead European Males
Flores, Alfinio; Kimpton, Kelly E.
Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, v3 n2 p37-42 Fall-Win 2012
We address issues related to gender and cultural equity in a history of mathematics course. We first look at the preponderance of male European mathematicians represented in textbooks of mathematics and history or mathematics. Then we discuss ways to highlight the presence of female and non-European mathematicians in the history of mathematics. Next we analyze the cultural and gender bias present in a history of mathematics textbook and how it tends to perpetuate the perception of mathematics as a male domain. Finally, we discuss the development of an activity to connect the history of mathematics with high school mathematics learning, and the need for teachers to be aware of bias in textbooks so they can rewrite women back into their instruction. The activity about statisticians and their contributions, set in a contemporary fictional setting, follows the article.
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education History, Gender Issues, Sex Fairness, Gender Bias, Textbook Bias, Textbook Evaluation, Mathematics Activities, Secondary School Curriculum, Secondary School Mathematics, Social Justice, Foreign Countries
Program in Mathematics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. 525 West 120th Street Box 210-M, New York, NY 10027. Web site: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/jmetc
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Secondary Education
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