A Forum for Researchers: Coloring the Equation: Minorities and Mathematics

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It has been well established that beginning with secondary school, certain minority groups (e.g., blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans) are neither enrolling in mathematics classes as frequently as their white counterparts nor scoring as high on mathematics achievement tests (Anick, Carpenter, & Smith, 1981). Researchers have sought to explain these discrepancies. Reasons such as discrimination and sociocultural factors have been suggested. These explanations are plausible and may be accurate, but there is little hard evidence available to support them.

Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

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