id: 06571532
dt: j
an: 2016c.00415
au: Boaler, Jo; Sengupta-Irving, Tesha
ti: The many colors of algebra: the impact of equity focused teaching upon
student learning and engagement.
so: J. Math. Behav. 41, 179-190 (2016).
py: 2016
pu: Elsevier, New York, NY
la: EN
cc: D43 D33 C63 H23 H33
ut: algebra; equity; engagement; agency; authority
ci:
li: doi:10.1016/j.jmathb.2015.10.007
ab: Summary: The number of students who leave U.S. schools mathematically
underprepared has prompted widespread concern. Low achieving students,
many of whom have been turned off mathematics, are often placed in low
tracks and given remedial, skills-oriented work. This study examines a
different approach wherein heterogeneous groups of students were given
responsibility and agency and asked to engage in a range of
mathematical practices collaboratively. The teaching intervention,
which was introduced in the first paper, took place as part of a summer
class on algebra, and it gave students the opportunity to participate
with mathematics in changed ways. This paper will report evidence that
the vast majority responded with increased engagement, achievement, and
enjoyment. The students chose collaboration and agency as critical to
their improved relationships with mathematics.
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