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    Teaching Mathematics for Spatial Justice

    Beyond a Victory Narrative

    LAURIE H. RUBEL,MAREN HALL-WIECKERT, AND VIVIAN Y. LIM
    In this reflective essay, Laurie H. Rubel, Maren Hall-Wieckert, and Vivian Y. Lim pre­sent a design heuristic for teaching mathematics for spatial justice (TMSpJ) based on their development of two curricular modules, one about the state lottery and the other about financial services in a city. Spatial tools, including data visualizations on maps and participatory mapping, were designed for youth to examine spatial injustices in these systems. The authors’ findings report reflections about supporting students to “read and write the world with mathematics” (Freire & Macedo, 1987; Gutstein, 2003). These reflections inform an expanded design heuristic for TMSpJ.

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    Laurie H. Rubel is an associate professor of education at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY), where her teaching focuses on the preparation of secondary mathematics teachers for New York City schools. Her research, which has focused on equity and diversity in mathematics education, has appeared in journals such as Cognition and Instruction, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, Mathematical Thinking and Learning, and Mathematics Teacher. Rubel served as a distinguished fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative of CUNY’s Graduate Center in 2015 and is a Fulbright US Scholar in 2016–2017.

    Maren Hall-Wieckert is a PhD student at Colorado University Boulder and was formerly a research assistant at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He attended Oberlin College as an undergraduate, graduating with a BA in English literature, and has worked in varying capacities within the field of education. His interests currently lie in critical geography and how notions of place and space can expand research on teaching and learning.

    Vivian Y. Lim is currently an adjunct professor in secondary mathematics education at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She recently completed her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing her dissertation on the role of mathematics education in the development of youth as citizens. She was a founding member of the Community Based Mathematics Project of Philadelphia and has been working as a research associate with Laurie Rubel in her work on mathematics for spatial justice. Lim was formerly a high school mathematics teacher in Brooklyn, New York.
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    Winter 2016 Issue

    Abstracts

    Brown Bodies and Xenophobic Bullying in US Schools
    Critical Analysis and Strategies for Action
    MONISHA BAJAJ, AMEENA GHAFFAR-KUCHER, AND KARISHMA DESAI
    The Origins of Classroom Deliberation
    Education in the Shadow of Totalitarianism, 1938–1960
    THOMAS D. FALLACE
    Hip-Hop Citizens
    Arts-Based, Culturally Sustaining Civic Engagement Pedagogy
    PAUL J. KUTTNER
    Teaching Mathematics for Spatial Justice
    Beyond a Victory Narrative
    LAURIE H. RUBEL,MAREN HALL-WIECKERT, AND VIVIAN Y. LIM
    Grade Repetition and Primary School Dropout in Uganda
    SARAH KABAY

    Book Notes

    Data Literacy for Educators
    Ellen B. Mandinach and Edith S. Gummer

    Transforming the Academy
    Edited by Sarah Willie-LeBreton