Social Justice Through Mathematics: An Exploration of Social Justice Pedagogy and a Reflection on Mathematics in Summer Programs for Youth
Angelini-Knoll, Gabriel J.
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The following project can be broken into three major parts: reflections on my experience working with KCIS's Think Summer! program, exploration of the connections between social justice and mathematics, and a proposed design for a summer program, which combines social justice and mathematics. When I began to work with KCIS in their summer program, I decided to incorporate mathematics into their program activities. As the summer progressed, I began to look ·towards ways I could take the project further. I had read Radical Equations by Robert Moses and the work of Paulo Freire, and this led to an interest in the connections between mathematics and social justice. When I discussed this with my advisor, Dr. Fink he suggested I read the work of Eric Gutstein as well. After looking into Eric Gutstein's work, I began to see the possibility for a summer mathematics program that implemented similar techniques. This was how I designed Just Math, described in full at the end of this project. This project therefore consists of reflections on experiences working with seventh and eighth grade KPS students over the summer and the connections between mathematics and social justice that make a summer program in mathematics and social justice possible.
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