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ERIC Number: EJ774715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Educational Reform, Mathematics, & Diverse Learners: Meeting the Needs of All Students
Ernst-Slavit, Gisela; Slavit, David
Multicultural Education, v14 n4 p20-27 Sum 2007
The purpose of this article is two-fold: first, to explore the role played by linguistic and cultural factors in the mathematics classroom, particularly in relation to diverse learners; and, second, to provide insight into teaching, learning, and professional development that takes into account current mathematics education reform recommendations. In this article, the authors explore and discuss four selected cultural and linguistic factors to consider when teaching mathematics to diverse students. These four major topics, while broad and complex, do collectively create a perspective that values what students bring to the mathematics classroom. More specifically, this instructional perspective considers the strengths that students with diverse language and cultural backgrounds bring to a mathematical environment. These include different ways of representing, speaking, and thinking about mathematical ideas and skills. Teachers not privy to the various cultural and linguistic norms which ground these mathematical dispositions may have difficulty engaging students in mathematical conversations--the centerpiece of current mathematics education reform. The discussion provides suggestions and specific instructional approaches encouraging teachers to view cultural and linguistic diversity as a strength in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A