Equity, mathematics and classroom practice: Developing rich mathematical experiences for disadvantaged students

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Title Equity, mathematics and classroom practice: Developing rich mathematical experiences for disadvantaged students
Author Jorgensen, Robyn Levenia; Niesche, Richard Andrew Westwood
Journal Name Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom
Editor Kim Beswick and Tracey Muir
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.
Abstract Processes of exclusion operate to disadvantage students along social class, race and gender lines. For students from backgrounds that are not part of the success regime, significant scaffolding by teachers is needed if they are to be successful. In this paper we discuss two key factors that shape the learning environments for learning mathematics. First, the expectations teachers (and students) have of learners of mathematics significantly shape the experiences that will be provided for learners. The other significant factor is the discourse of 'ability' that permeates mathematics more than any other curriculum area. Learners are frequently described (and inscribed) as having some abilities (or not having them) that predispose them to success in mathematics. This notion is treated as unproblematic and is seen as the reason why some students are more likely to be successful (or not) in their study of mathematics. While recognising the potential of individual differences within any group, in the second section of this paper we propose a number of features of a more inclusive pedagogy that we believe will work toward more equitable outcomes for all students.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.aamt.edu.au/Webshop/Entire-catalogue/Australian-Primary-Mathematics-Classroom
Volume 13
Issue Number 4
Page from 21
Page to 27
ISSN 1326-0286
Date Accessioned 2009-01-07
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Curriculum Studies: Mathematics Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/26349
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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