Aspects of a Lumbee indian community that support successful algebra one students academically in middle grades

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Vanessa L. Chavis (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Sarah Berenson

Abstract: The purpose of this qualitative research study was to examine the aspects of Lumbee Indian community that supports the algebraic achievement of high-achieving Lumbee Indian Algebra 1 middle school students. The study was conducted in a stable, rural Lumbee Indian community in North Carolina. I interviewed 14 parents, 3 teachers and 10 students for this study. Students also participated in the focus group sessions, during which students solved mathematics problems, and completed a reflection of the problem-solving process. The data analysis performed involved data reduction, data display, and conclusion drawing/vertification utilizing Cobb and Yackel's (1996) social and sociomathematical norms framework in conjunction with Coleman's (1988) social capital framework. Meanings of teaching and learning mathematics based on the experiences, expectations, resources and goals of the research subjects were determined. The results show the meanings that the community shares about teaching and learning of mathematics center around the common vision of ensuring that students receive the necessary support to aid in their academic success. Additionally, the historical sense of community and closure that is present in the community enables the development of trust because "everybody knows everybody". Therefore, the social networking system within the community aids in the establishment of trust between the parents, teachers, and students. As a result of the trust that exists between the community members, the members trust that the various members will work together to provide the support necessary for students to be successful.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
Lumbee, Math, Algebra, Middle School Grades
Lumbee Indians $x Education
Indians of North America $z North Carolina $x Education
Algebra $x Study and teaching (Middle school) $z North Carolina

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