Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Brian Cavanaugh


This qualitative study was designed to understand the experiences of middle and high school

educators in teaching mathematics that is authentic and relevant to students’ lives. With many studies in the literature review confirming the importance and effectiveness of authentic opportunities in math learning, the study looked at what holds educators back from these teaching practices. In-depth interviews with five mathematics teachers of various levels of experience offered insights into processes, barriers, and support needed to develop students’ classical, critical, and community knowledge in mathematics. The study revealed a theory of the systemic shifts necessary for teaching authentic mathematics in grades 6-12.



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