Teaching mathematics for spatial justice: Beyond a victory narrative

Laurie H. Rubel, Maren Hall-Wieckert, Vivian Y. Lim

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-579
Number of pages24
JournalHarvard Educational Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Maps
  • Mathematics education
  • Neighborhoods
  • Place-based education
  • Social justice
  • Spatial justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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