Department of Mathematics

Mathematics Education Colloquium Series

  •  Katie Lewis, University of Washington
  •  Disability Equity in Mathematics Education: Accessibility, Re-mediation, and CompensationAbstract
  •  01/25/2023
  •  3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  252 EH (Virtual Meeting Link)
  •  Lisa Keller (

Equity in mathematics education research has only recently begun to consider students with disabilities. In this talk, I focus specifically on students with mathematics disabilities – students who have a neurological difference in how their brains process numerical information. Prior research on mathematics disabilities (i.e., dyscalculia) has predominantly taken up a deficit frame, documenting the ways in which students with dyscalculia are deficient in terms of speed and accuracy. In my work, I argue that this deficit orientation is problematic, and I offer an alternative. I take up an explicitly anti-deficit framing and draw upon sociocultural learning theories and Disability Studies to orient my work. In this talk I use multiple case studies to explore ideas about accessibility, re-mediation, and compensation across a range of mathematical topics. This anti-deficit work provides an alternative vantage point to understand disability in mathematics education and suggests avenues to work towards equity. I close by considering ways that mathematics education equity research can be in service of and in partnership with the populations that we study. Zoom option: Passcode: PRIME



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