Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education
pp 217221
Equity and Access in Mathematics Education
 Peter GatesAffiliated withCentre for Research in Mathematics Education, University of Nottingham Email author
Keywords
Equity Social justice Bourdieu Social class SES (Socioeconomic status) Gender inequality Group placementDefinition
Social class background – social class is best understood through a Marxist orientation as the groupings people fall into as a result of explicit economic forces within society. These groupings are a direct result of similarities with and differences between people, particularly through the resources to which they have access, but also to their tastes and dispositions, which ultimately position them within educational systems.
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Usually an encyclopedia entry will begin with some definitions. With both “equity” and “access,” that’s not possible. Each of these terms is politically loaded and reflects political and ideological dispositions both in the pedagogical arena of the classroom and in the intellectual arena of the academy. One problem of defining equity is due to it being assumed to be a universal good; surely everyone wants equity? Actually that’s far from the case, and at least there will be little agreement on how we define and mor ...
 Title
 Equity and Access in Mathematics Education
 Reference Work Title
 Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education
 Pages
 pp 217221
 Copyright
 2014
 DOI
 10.1007/9789400749788_58
 Print ISBN
 9789400749771
 Online ISBN
 9789400749788
 Publisher
 Springer Netherlands
 Copyright Holder
 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
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 Equity
 Social justice
 Bourdieu
 Social class
 SES (Socioeconomic status)
 Gender inequality
 Group placement
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 Editors

 Stephen Lerman ^{(501)}
 Editor Affiliations

 501. Department of Education, Centre for Mathematics Education, London South Bank University
 Authors

 Peter Gates ^{(512)}
 Author Affiliations

 512. Centre for Research in Mathematics Education, University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, UK
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