Math and Equity in the Time of COVID: Teaching Challenges and Successes
Jennifer L. Ruef 1 * , C. James Willingham 2 , Madeline R. Ahearn 1
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1 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA2 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, USA* Corresponding Author


Background: This article describes teachers’ equity concerns related to teaching mathematics online as a result of the COVID-19 pivot to online/distance-based instruction. COVID-19 restrictions forced the creation of virtual education contexts that magnified existing equity issues related to access to technology and the challenges of providing inquiry-based, student-centered instruction.
Methods: This study took place under conditions promulgated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine teachers agreed to share their observations and experiences with the sudden switch to teaching mathematics online. Our methods included two online open response surveys. We qualitatively analyzed the responses from the surveys, coding for a priori, and emergent themes (Charmaz, 1995; Emerson et al., 2011).
Findings: The results indicate that our participants experienced concerns for students and families struggling to effectively engage with and access online education, and shared the practices and online tools they found most and least helpful in enacting equitable instruction.
Contribution: This work sheds light on how skilled and caring teachers leveraged prior experiences, collegial support, and technological tools to meet the challenges brought by the sudden transition to online mathematics pedagogy.


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Article Type: Research Article

INT ELECT J MATH ED, Volume 17, Issue 2, May 2022, Article No: em0681

Publication date: 27 Feb 2022

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