2nd Edition

A Critical Introduction to Mathematics Education Human Diversity and Equitable Instruction

By Mark Wolfmeyer Copyright 2023
    156 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    156 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The second edition of Mark Wolfmeyer’s award-winning primer offers future and current math teachers an introduction to the connections that exist between mathematics and a critical orientation to education, one that accounts for race, social class, gender, sexuality, language diversity, and ability.

    Expanded and updated from the first edition, this book demonstrates how elements of human diversity and intersectionality have real effects in the mathematics classroom, and prepares teachers with a more critical math education that increases accessibility and equity for all students. By refocusing math learning toward the goals of democracy and social and environmental crises, the book also introduces readers to broader contemporary school policy and reform debates and struggles, especially in light of Covid-19 and the ongoing struggle for racial equity.

    Featuring concrete strategies and examples in both formal and informal educational settings, as well as discussion questions for teachers and students, text boxes with examples of critical education in practice, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading, Mark Wolfmeyer shows how critical mathematics education can be put into practice, relevant for undergraduate and graduate students in education, current teachers, and teacher educators.

    1. What is mathematics? Answers from mathematicians, historians, philosophers, and anthropologists  2. Reform mathematics teaching: The student-centered approach  3. Why identity, human diversity, and intersectional identities matter to mathematics education  4. A white institutional space: Race and mathematics education  5. Social class hierarchies and mathematics education: To reproduce or interrupt?  6. Gender trouble: Rationalism vs. masculinity in mathematics education  7. LGBTQ+ work: Outing mathematics for heteronormativity and homophobia  8. Dissolving ability binaries in mathematics education: From special education law to disability studies  9. Language diversity as an asset: Emergent bilinguals in the mathematics classroom  10. Putting it all together: Intersectionality revisited, current mathematics education policy, and further avenues for exploration


    Mark Wolfmeyer is an associate professor in the College of Education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.