Abstract 11- Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2006

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 1, Number 2, Summer 2006



Teaching for Social Mathematics: Exploring the Collaborative Roles of Social Studies and Mathematics Educators

Tony Thompson
The University of Alabama


Citizens today are inundated with quantitative information in an information-rich world. However, students rarely get the opportunity to use mathematics to explore social issues – a concept known as Social Mathematics. Social Mathematics should be an important part of students’ K-12 experiences and is fundamental in preparing our students for active citizenship in a democratic society. This feature makes the case that social mathematics is an important but often neglected area of social studies and mathematics education, and improving students’ knowledge in this area requires the collaborative efforts of both social studies and mathematics teachers. A variety of strategies and resources for interdisciplinary collaboration between social studies and mathematics teachers is provided.

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About the Author(s)…

Tony Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at The University of Alabama. A former middle and high school mathematics and social studies teacher, Dr. Thompson enjoys working with at-risk youth and helping them discover the importance, relevance, and beauty of mathematics in their lives. He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida State University. His research interests include teaching students with learning disabilities, teaching for higher-order thinking, and measurement education. Contact information: athompso@bamaed.ua.edu, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.