Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 205–216 | Cite as

Mathematics in and through social justice: another misunderstood marriage?

  • Kathleen NolanEmail author


The current push to marry off mathematics with social justice compels one to ask such critical questions as “What is social justice?” and “How does (or can) mathematics look and act when viewed in/through the lenses of social justice?” Taking a critically reflective approach, this article draws the reader into a discussion of what is amiss in the currently promoted picture-perfect marriage of mathematics and social justice, presenting perspectives on both the content and context of mathematics teaching and learning. In this article, the author’s account of her experience in teaching a mathematics curriculum course for prospective middle years' teachers highlights a call to re-imagine the relationship between mathematics and social justice as more than a perfunctory integration of a “statistics and figures” approach. The author’s reflections acknowledge the complexity and potentiality of the relationship while challenging current status quo practices and paradigms in mathematics education.


Critical Content Context Discourse Prospective teachers Middle years Social justice Mathematics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada

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