Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Degree Granting Department
Childhood Education and Literacy Studies
Sophia Han, Ph.D.
Ilene Berson, Ph.D.
Jolyn Blank, Ph.D.
Eugenia Vomvoridi-Ivanovic, Ph.D.
TMfSJ, Critical Mathematics, Equity
The purpose of this autoethnography was to explore the experiences, both successes and challenges, as I worked to teach mathematics using a social justice framework in a summer enrichment camp with four and five-year-old children. Drawing from both critical approaches (Freire, 1968) and sociocultural approaches (Rogoff, 2008), this dissertation outlines critical perspectives within Early Childhood Education, as well as trends in teaching mathematics for social justice to frame the research study. Autoethnography was selected as a methodological approach in this study as I examined my own teaching experiences and journey engaging in teaching mathematics for social justice. Primary data sources include researcher reflective journal entries and videotaped lesson implementation while secondary sources include student work samples and artifacts.
From the story associated with my engagement in teaching mathematics for social justice presents insights into my experiences with this work both crafting and teaching lessons. I then offer reflections and question areas of my work related to power and control, perpetuating deficit views, relationship construction and finding a balance between math and social justice within the lessons.
Scholar Commons Citation
Ward, Jennifer, "Early Childhood Mathematics Through a Social Justice Lens: An Autoethnography" (2017). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.