Capstone/Dissertation Title

Multicultural education in the mathematics classroom

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

Multicultural education is the idea that all students regardless of race, gender or ethnicity deserve the same opportunity to a quality education. The motivation for this capstone came from working with minority students who have not been successful in Algebra 1. The research question addressed is: What do multicultural education lessons look like in an Algebra 1 classroom? The theories of James A. Banks and Geneva Gay are explored along with what mathematics teachers are currently doing in their classrooms to put the ideals into action. Algebra 1 is often thought of as an abstract subject with limited connection to the real world. A major principle of multicultural education is connection to student's lives. Included in this project are five Algebra 1 lessons created by the author. Each deals with a specific algebra topic and is intertwined with a real world topic.

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