Title

Culturally Relevant Mathematics: Students' Cultural Engagement with Statistics

Document Type

Conference Paper

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference of the Learning Sciences

Editor

V. Jonker, A. Lazonder, & C. Hoadley

Publication Date

2008

Abstract

This poster reports on the results of a culturally relevant mathematics unit, the Community Mapping Project (CMP), where urban students learned statistics by producing and analyzing maps of their own community using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In this poster we show how three aspects of culturally relevant pedagogy, familiarity of context and authentic purpose, and informal linguistic competencies succeeded in engaging youth at a crucial point of their statistics research project, choosing a research question.

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