Preparing Preservice Teachers for Diverse Mathematics Classrooms Through a Cultural Awareness Unit*

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Dorothy Y. White University of Georgia

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Kanita K. DuCloux Western Kentucky University

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Ángel M. Carreras-Jusino Western Kentucky University

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Kirsten Keels Western Kentucky University

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We designed a student-centered cultural awareness unit as a resource for mathematics teacher educators (MTEs) who want to explore the issues of culture, equity, and diversity with their preservice teachers (PSTs) but are not sure how and where to start. This unit is an introductory step toward beginning to listen to PSTs' views about culture and diversity in mathematics education. In this article, we report on three cohorts of PSTs who participated in the unit, which consisted of an article critique, class discussion, and postdiscussion reflection. We describe the methods courses, the unit, the impact of the unit on PSTs' cultural awareness, our reflections as MTEs, and suggested modifications to the unit.

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* This manuscript was edited by Margaret Smith, editor of the MTE at the time the manuscript was initially submitted.

Dorothy Y. White, University of Georgia, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, 110E Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602; dywhite@uga.edu

Kanita K. DuCloux, Western Kentucky University, Department of Mathematics – COHH 3102, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11078, Bowling Green, KY 42101; kanita.ducloux@wku.edu

Ángel M. Carreras-Jusino, University of Georgia, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, 105 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602; amcarr@uga.edu

Darío A. González, University of Georgia, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, 105 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602; darioagm@uga.edu

Kirsten Keels, University of Georgia, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, 105 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602; ksk06155@uga.edu

(Corresponding author is White dywhite@uga.edu)
(Corresponding author is DuCloux kanita.ducloux@wku.edu)
(Corresponding author is Carreras-Jusino amcarr@uga.edu)
(Corresponding author is González darioagm@uga.edu)
(Corresponding author is Keelsksk06155@uga.edu)
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