The University of Montana
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Technical report #14/2011

Mathematics Teacher Education in the Public Interest

Laura Jacobsen, Radford University

Jean Mistele, Radford University

Bharath Sriraman, The University of Montana


Abstract

Mathematics teacher education has a critical role to play in preparing teachers to put at center stage goals to support equity in mathematics education and to diversify student interest and participation in mathematics. These goals must also resonate with broader public interest goals to improve educational and social conditions both in the U.S. and abroad. The Mathematics Teacher Education in the Public Interest book aims to support mathematics teacher educators to prepare teachers with new knowledge and skills to support all students to learn mathematics and to become informed, engaged, and critical citizens within their community, nation, and world. While internationally there is considerable interest among mathematics educators in issues of equity and social justice, the literature on mathematics teacher education for equity and social justice thus far has been very limited. The book provides theoretical discussions on the need for equity and social justice emphases in mathematics teacher education, as well as practical examples from mathematics teacher educators, documenting their own professional efforts to center practices on equity and social justice. Section emphases include critical perspectives on mathematics teacher education, the use of equity and social justice-themed activities in mathematics teacher preparation courses, and issues of identity and community and cultural contexts in mathematics teacher education. In addition syntheses of major ideas of the book are offered by experienced researchers.

Keywords: critical theory; equity; mathematics teacher education; social justice; mathematics in society

AMS Subject Classification: 97

Pre-print of Monograph 9 in Cognition Equity and Society Series published by Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC.