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Power, Identity, and Mathematical Practices Outside and Inside School

Na’ilah Suad Nasir and Maxine McKinney de Royston 

January 2013, Volume 44, Issue 1, Page 264

Abstract:
How issues of power and identity play out in mathematical practices are described by Na’ilah Suad Nasir and Maxine McKinney de Royston. Their article offers a perspective on how to better understand the sociopolitical nature of teaching and learning mathematics. They present data from studies of mathematics teaching and learning in out-of-school settings, offering a sociocultural, then a sociopolitical analysis (attending to race, identity, and power), noting the value of the latter. They developed a set of theoretical tools that move from the sociocultural to the sociopolitical in studies of mathematics teaching and learning.

Keywords:
Grades 9-12
Equity / Diversity / Special Needs