Visible pedagogy and challenging inequity in school mathematics

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This paper reports on the initial findings of a research project aiming to explore ways of addressing concerns regarding the persistent gap in mathematics achievement between children from different socio-economic backgrounds and low levels of engagement of significant numbers of students with school mathematics. It argues that such concerns can be addressed without the need to abandon a commitment towards progressive teaching approaches. It highlights the potential of adopting a critical model of participatory action research for challenging existing classroom practices that contribute towards reproducing inequities in mathematics education. It demonstrates how developing strategies for making progressive pedagogies more visible offers students the chance to become more aware of the intentions of the teacher and what they need to do to be successful in school mathematics.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationEleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
EditorsUffe Thomas Jankvist, Marja van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Michiel Veldhuis
Place of PublicationUtrecht
PublisherFreudenthal Group
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME11)
PublisherFreudenthal Group


  • Inequity
  • participatory action research
  • school mathematics
  • visible pedagogy

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