Equity in Discourse for Mathematics Education

Theories, Practices, and Policies

  • Beth Herbel-Eisenmann
  • Jeffrey Choppin
  • David Wagner
  • David Pimm

Part of the Mathematics Education Library book series (MELI, volume 55)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. David Wagner, Beth Herbel-Eisenmann, Jeffrey Choppin
    Pages 1-13
  3. Equity Concerns Draw Attention to Discourse

  4. Attention to Discourse Highlights Equity Concerns

  5. Implications and Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Donna M. Harris, Celia Rousseau Anderson
      Pages 195-204
    3. Jeffrey Choppin, David Wagner, Beth Herbel-Eisenmann
      Pages 205-222
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-268

About this book


Discourse practices warrant the attention of mathematics educators because discourse is the primary medium of education. Evidence about one’s hopes or expectations can be found in discourse practice whether the goal is performance in mathematical procedures, creativity in problem solving, or a classroom environment that uses the diversity of voices as a resource. Language, through implicit and explicit action, is the medium of mathematical development and the medium through which equity and inequities are structured and sustained. Given this inherent connection between discourse and equity, this book focuses on: a) the ways in which the social, mathematical, cultural, and political aspects of classroom interactions impact students’ opportunities to participate in the kinds of discourse practices that provide access to resources; and b)  the perceptions and practices of educators, particularly the extent to which they view diversity as a resource and to which they are aware of structural inequities.


Discourse Equity Mathematics Education

Editors and affiliations

  • Beth Herbel-Eisenmann
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Choppin
    • 2
  • David Wagner
    • 3
  • David Pimm
    • 4
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2., Warner School of EducationUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA
  3. 3., Faculty of EducationUniversity of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada
  4. 4.Dept. Secondary EducationUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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