Teaching math for spatial justice

Laurie Rubel Nov. 19

The doctoral program in mathematics, science and learning technologies presents Teaching Mathematics for Spatial Justice, with Laurie Rubel, Distinguished CUNY Fellow, on Thursday, Nov. 19 in room 101 Furcolo Hall   5-6:30 p.m.

This talk will present an argument for integrating place-based education with critical mathematics. Local Lotto and Cash City, two curricular modules with associated digital tools, were designed to investigate the systems of the state lottery and personal financial institutions, as critical spatial phenomena. The modules have been piloted and studied in multiple iterations in urban high schools and a community college. The talk will share findings in terms of how the critical spatial focus supported the learning of mathematics and provided opportunities for students to think critically about the given theme.

Laurie Rubel is a Distinguished CUNY Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative of CUNY's Graduate Center. She is an sssociate professor of secondary education at Brooklyn College (CUNY). Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, the Tow Foundation, and CUNY. Her research has been published in Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal for Urban Mathematics Education, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, and Mathematics Teacher. Laurie draws on 9 years of high school teaching experience in her current role as a teacher educator and researcher.

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