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Obstacles to Addressing Race and Ethnicity in the Mathematics Education Literature

Amy Noelle Parks and Mardi Schmeichel 

May 2012, Volume 43, Issue 3, Page 238

This Research Commentary builds on a 2-stage literature review to argue that there are 4 obstacles to making a sociopolitical turn in mathematics education that would allow researchers to talk about race and ethnicity in ways that take both identity and power seriously: (a) the marginalization of discussions of race and ethnicity; (b) the reiteration of race and ethnicity as independent variables; (c) absence of race and ethnicity from mathematics education research; and (d) the minimizing of discussions of race and ethnicity, even within equity-oriented work.

Equity / Diversity / Special Needs