Announcement of Ed.D. Dissertation Defense: Integrating Social Justice into Middle School Mathematics

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm

Zoom Meeting - Virtual

Dissertation Proposal Defense

This dissertation is a qualitative exploration designed to identify the notion the teachers have about what is currently happening in their mathematics classroom and where there is room for growth or change. This study will help determine what teachers believe they are doing that is successful and what challenges they face when applying culturally relevant pedagogy and social justice pedagogy into mathematics to bridge the gap for these learners. Culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) is a pedagogical approach that believes that all students are capable of achieving success. Meanwhile, students can be resources of knowledge and skills for teachers and for each other inside their classroom. Social justice pedagogy (SJP) helps students to be part of the solution to injustice. Analyzing and critiquing oppression can be incorporated into the classroom to help students build agency. Teachers who utilize these pedagogies can see students connect to the curriculum and become more willing to participate in their own education. This study will help middle school mathematics teachers in this district to examine beliefs and to develop a plan to engage students in successful learning opportunities through the integration of cultural relevant teaching practices.

     

Who to contact:

Erica Bialick

ebialick@scarletmail.rutgers.edu