ERIC Number: EJ995286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
The Marginalisation of Indigenous Students within School Mathematics and the Math Wars: Seeking Resolutions within Ethical Spaces
Russell, Gale L.; Chernoff, Egan J.
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v25 n1 p109-127 Mar 2013
In mathematics education, there are (at least) two seemingly disparate and unethical issues that have been allowed to continue unresolved for decades: the math wars (traditional versus reform teaching and learning of mathematics) and the marginalisation of Indigenous students within K-12 mathematics. Willie Ermine, an Indigenous scholar, has proposed the use of ethical spaces to explore and analyse occurrences of unethical situations arising between the "intersection of Indigenous law and Canadian Legal systems" (Ermine, "Indigenous Law Journal" 6(1):193-203, 2007). This paper brings Ermine's notion of ethical spaces to the field of mathematics education research as the theoretical framework for analysing the aforementioned issues. The result of this analysis is a potential single theoretical resolution to both dilemmas that can also serve as a significant factor in the processes of decolonisation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Canada Natives, Laws, Educational Research, Politics of Education, Indigenous Populations, World Views, Conflict, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Mathematics Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada