Beyond Banneker

Beyond Banneker

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An in-depth look at the lives, experiences, and professional careers of Black mathematicians in the United States. Erica N. Walker presents a compelling story of Black mathematical excellence in the United States. Much of the research and discussion about Blacks and mathematics focuses on underachievement; by documenting in detail the experiences of Black mathematicians, this book broadens significantly the knowledge base about mathematically successful African Americans. Beyond Banneker demonstrates how mathematics success is fostered among Blacks by mathematicians, mathematics educators, teachers, parents, and others, a story that has been largely overlooked by the profession and research community. Based on archival research and in-depth interviews with thirty mathematicians, this important and timely book vividly captures important narratives about mathematics teaching and learning in multiple contexts, as well as the unique historical and contemporary settings related to race, opportunity, and excellence that Black mathematicians experience. Walker draws upon these narratives to suggest ways to capitalize on the power and potential of underserved communities to respond to the national imperative for developing math success for new generations of young people.He is the ninth African American to earn his PhD in mathematics. Starting ... but they warned me that if we instilled ambition in all of the students they would be frustrated because they couldna#39;t get a job [due to job discrimination against Blacks].

Title:Beyond Banneker
Author: Erica N. Walker
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2014-05-29

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