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ERIC Number: EJ809859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
Lessons in "Letting Go": Exploring Constraints on the Culturally Relevant Teaching of Mathematics in Bermuda
Matthews, Lou Edward
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v2 n2 p115-134 Apr 2008
Culturally relevant pedagogy has been highly regarded in its ability to impact the mathematics education outcomes of Black children as it is framed from the "wisdom-of-practice" of exemplary teachers, and recasts teaching as an intellectual, cultural, political, and social endeavor. This study illuminates the challenges in drawing potential by examining the personal and systemic challenges faced by four primary teachers in Bermuda as they endeavored to utilize perspectives of culturally relevant pedagogy to frame mathematics instruction. Through the lens of reconceptualized critical theory and a model for the culturally relevant teaching of mathematics, a collective case study was organized. Two major challenges to instruction emerged: (1) teachers' conceptions concerning the authority of the mathematics text as the "official" curriculum, and the sole legitimate source of mathematical knowledge; and (2) teachers' conceptions regarding institutional authority and assessment demands. The findings are explored and discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Bermuda