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ERIC Number: EJ908041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 94
ISSN: ISSN-0548-1457
The Role of Human Resource Capital of Black and Latino Middle Schoolers' Mathematics Identities
Keck-Staley, Tracey Lavette
Negro Educational Review, v61 n1-4 p7-40 Spr-Win 2010
Student learning in the mathematics classroom is described as being both social and personal. Students' prior knowledge (human capital), attitudes (personal capital), and social skills and/or cultural values (sociocultural capital) are personal components they bring into the classroom. The purpose of this instrumental case study was to explore (a) the role of human resource capital as it relates to Black and Latino middle school students' engagement in a mathematics community of practice and (b) the impact of this engagement on their mathematics identities. Results suggest that these students bring rich human resource capital that links their out-of-school and in-school experiences, social interactions, and personal motivations. Educators are challenged to capitalize on Black and Latino students' human resource capital and mathematics identities in order to help lead students to mathematical understanding. (Contains 9 footnotes and 1 figure.)
Negro Educational Review, Inc. NER Editorial Offices, School of Education, 1601 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27411. Tel: 412-648-7320; Fax: 412-648-7081; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A