Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education

2014 Edition
| Editors: Stephen Lerman

Socioeconomic Class in Mathematics Education

  • Stephen LermanEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4978-8_141


Research on the relationship between social class and socioeconomic status and achievement in mathematics.


In many countries around the world, a correlation is found between working class or low socioeconomic status (SES) and achievement in mathematics. Secada (1992) traces recognition of the connection between social class, race, ethnicity, and other characteristics, with achievement in education to the United States Supreme Court case of Brown versus Board of Education in 1954. The major work on achievement in mathematics and social characteristics was begun in the mid-to late 1980s and has been a focus of a growing body of work ever since, with new theoretical perspectives developing (Valero and Zevenbergen 2004) and with new forums for dissemination and publication (e.g., the Political Dimensions of Mathematics Education (PDME) conferences of the early 1990s, followed by the conferences of the Mathematics Education and Society (MES) group). Here, the focus will...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education, Centre for Mathematics EducationLondon South Bank UniversityLondonUK