

“And That’s Just How It Starts”: Teaching Mathematics and Developing Student Agency by Eric Gutstein  2007This article reports on a twoyear qualitative, practitionerresearch study of teaching and learning for social justice. The site was my middleschool mathematics classroom in a Chicago public school in a Latino/a community. A major pedagogical goal was to create conditions for students to develop agency, a sense of themselves as subjects in the world. My research suggests that students learned mathematics and began to develop sociopolitical awareness and see themselves as possible actors in society through using mathematics to understand social injustices. This research contributes to our understanding of how to create opportunities for students to develop agency in K12 mathematics classrooms, and may also contribute to our knowledge of developing agency in any subject area.To view the fulltext for this article you must be signedin with the appropriate membership. Please review your options below:


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 Eric Gutstein
University of IllinoisChicago Email Author ERIC (RICO) GUTSTEIN teaches mathematics education at the University of IllinoisChicago. His interests include teaching mathematics for social justice, Freirean approaches to teaching and learning, and urban education. He has taught middle and high school mathematics. Rico is a founding member of Teachers for Social Justice (Chicago) and is active in social movements. He is the author of Reading and Writing the World with Mathematics: Toward a Pedagogy for Social Justice (Routledge, 2006) and an editor of Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers (Rethinking Schools, 2005).




