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Journal Article: A "Gap-Gazing" Fetish In Mathematics Education? Problematizing Research on the Achievement Gap

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MATHEMATICS -- Study & teaching, SOCIAL classes, WORKING class, MIDDLE class, WHITES, BLACKS, EQUITY, EDUCATION, RESEARCH, LEARNING

Authors

GutiƩrrez, Rochelle

Published

2008

Abstract

A substantial amount of research in mathematics education seeks to document disparities in achievement between middle-class White students and students who are Black, Latina/Latino, First Nations, English language learners, or working class. I outline the dangers in maintaining an achievement-gap focus. These dangers include offering little more than a static picture of inequities, supporting deficit thinking and negative narratives about students of color and working-class students, perpetuating the myth that the problem (and therefore solution) is a technical one, and promoting a narrow definition of learning and equity. I propose a new focus for research on advancement (excellence and gains) and interventions for specific groups. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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