Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education

2014 Edition
| Editors: Stephen Lerman

Urban Mathematics Education

  • David Wayne StinsonEmail author
Reference work entry
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 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Middle and Secondary Education DepartmentGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA