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Section 1.1 Getting Started

If you’re new to incorporating social justice issues into math classes, I’d encourage you to start by reading or skimming Jonathan Osler’s “A Guide for Integrating Issues of Social and Economic Justice into Mathematics Curriculum” 3 , made by a high-school educator but equally relevant in the postsecondary context. Next, Drew Winter’s “Infusing Mathematics with Culture” 4  offers a valuable framework for thinking about the relationship between mathematical content and social justice issues, as well as an emphasis on connecting to student activism and interests.

This book is meant to be used as a workbook for students in a quantitative reasoning (QR) course framed around issues of social justice (SJ). This course developed out of my resource folder for open-access SJ math resources 5 ; feel free to mix and match chapters from this book and resources from the folder to plug into existing courses as well as to "remix" your own full course.

Subsection 1.1.1 Why Teach Postsecondary Math for Social Justice?

See this literature review (Ince 2015) 9  for an investigation of what the research shows about teaching math for social justice.

Subsection 1.1.2 Other Texts for a Math for Social Justice Course

Resources are beginning to be developed for full postsecondary courses, largely in quantitative reasoning, for social justice. A few of the exciting new resources are described in the table below; please fill out this form 10  if you know of any postsecondary-level resources I’m missing!

Table 1.1.1. Texts for a Semester Course on Social Justice Math
Resource Type Authors Name and Links to Resource(s) Cost
Complete lesson plan collections Gizem Karaali, Lily Khadjavi Mathematics for Social Justice 11  and Focusing on Quantitative Reasoning and Statistics 12  ~$60 each
Lesson plan collection in development Mark Branson, Whitney George Math for the People 13  Free
Complete PDF book; not always SJ-focused David Lippman Math in Society 14  Free