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The Reintroduction of Young Black Males to Advanced Mathematics

Togans, Christa (2023) The Reintroduction of Young Black Males to Advanced Mathematics. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Research studies that seek to understand why young Black males are underachieving academically in public education are minimal. Public education does not provide adequate instruction that supports young Black males (YBMs) in advanced mathematics classes. The underachievement gap among YBMs continues to increase in spite of many educational reforms designed to support underrepresented and marginalized students such as YBMs. The purpose of my dissertation in practice (DIP) is to investigate approaches to nurturing Black male students to excel in advanced mathematics to prepare them for STEM careers. My research inquiry examined challenges that impacted young Black male learners’ lack of participation and success in advanced mathematics and showed that incorporating culturally relevant pedagogy into math instruction can mitigate these barriers (Ladson-Billings, 1998, 2020; Moses & Cobbs, 2002). My theory of improvement focused on increasing students’ success in advanced math, so I incorporated elements of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and The Algebra Project strategy (Moses & Cobbs, 2002) to teach advanced math to young Black students. I also wanted my students to explore and understand the historical context of math to help young Black students develop their math identities. My research findings showed that when young Black men are given the opportunity to explore the cultural and historical context of math and co-teach an advanced math lesson with their peers, they were able to strengthen their unique math identities.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Togans, Christacst25@pitt.educst25
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBoulder, Tinukwatboulder@pitt.edutboulder
Committee MemberDias, Beatricebeadias@pitt.edubeadias
Committee MemberWolpert, Sethsxw33@psu.edusxw33
Date: 21 September 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 9 May 2023
Approval Date: 21 September 2023
Submission Date: 2 August 2023
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 89
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: Young Black Males (YBMs), Critical Race Theory (CRT), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Culturally Relevant/Responsive Pedagogy (CRP), Student Observation Journal (SOJ).
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2023 20:55
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2023 20:55


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