# Urban Mathematics Education

**DOI:**https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4978-8_159

## Definition

*Urban Mathematics Education* (and/or *Urban Mathematics Education Research*) is characterized as a specific focus on the multilayered complexities as well as the challenges and promises of mathematics teaching and learning in high-density populated geographic areas. These “urban” areas more times than not contain greater human and cultural diversity in terms of “race,” ethnicity, socioeconomic class, language, religion, disabilities/abilities, and sexual orientation and gender expression. Often times the phrase urban schools and, in turn, *urban mathematics education* are used as euphemistic proxies for (re)segregated schools and mathematics classrooms with high concentrations of poor and historical marginalized racial and/or ethnic student populations (e.g., in the United States, schools and classrooms with majority Black, Brown, and/or recent immigrant students [i.e., bilingual and multilingual students]).

### Suburban School/Urban School Binary

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## Keywords

Culture Diversity Ethnicity Race “High-needs” schools Socioeconomic class Urban education Urban schools## References

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