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Multicultural education in the mathematics classroom





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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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