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ERIC Number: EJ1118776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 51
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8251
"Our Issues, Our People--Math as Our Weapon": Critical Mathematics in a Chicago Neighborhood High School
Gutstein, Eric
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, v47 n5 p454-504 Nov 2016
This article provides an example of, and lessons from, teaching and learning critical mathematics in a Chicago public neighborhood high school with a social justice focus. It is based on a qualitative study of my untracked, 12th-grade mathematics class, a full-year enactment of mathematics for social and racial justice. Students were Black and Latin@ from a low-income, working-class community with a tradition of resistance. Any neighborhood student could enroll without selection criteria. The class goal was for students to cocreate a classroom in which they would learn and use college-preparatory, conceptually based mathematics to study and understand social reality to prepare themselves to change it. Through analyzing my practice, I address possibilities and challenges of curriculum development and teaching, examine student learning, and pose questions and directions for further research and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)
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