Hybrid Spaces for Empowering Learning in Math and Science

Edna Tan, Angela Calabrese Barton, Erin E. Turner and Maura Varley Gutiérrez

in Empowering Science and Mathematics Education in Urban Schools

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780226037974
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226037998 | DOI:
Hybrid Spaces for Empowering Learning in Math and Science

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Science and math learning environments ought to support students in developing and using their math and science knowledge and practices in authentic contexts in addition to providing equitable access to resources, so that all students (especially underrepresented minority students) can be bona fide beneficiaries of science and math education policy initiatives. It is through the collective creation of hybrid spaces that students were able to engage in critical math and science literacies and to translate such critical knowledge into authentic, real world action, thereby exhibiting their critical math and science agencies. This chapter concerns these hybrid spaces and discusses how they are crucial to breaking down the inequitable opportunities that exist and to furthering the cause of science and math for all. It shows cross-cutting themes that reverberate through these hybrid spaces and considers their implications for science and math education. Hybrid spaces allow the coalescence of multiple discourses, perspectives, and resources, leading to a transformation of the learning environment that is at once equitable and empowering.

Keywords: math learning; hybrid spaces; knowledge; empowering; science literacies

Chapter.  6841 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Schools Studies

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