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ERIC Number: EJ942414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Social Justice Lessons and Mathematics
Johnson, Jason D.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v17 n3 p174-179 Oct 2011
Assigning activities based on current or past events allows students to explore mathematics in a social context. Using social justice events in the mathematics classroom is a way for teachers to provide contextual problems that will reach all students and promote equity. Learning mathematics in an environment in which social issues are explored empowers students "to read the world" and see it in a socio-political context; in the process, it will transform their view of mathematics. In this article, the author describes the South Central activity which explores problem solving in a real-world context and content typically found in a traditional Euclidean geometry course. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A