A Personal Reflection Of The Podcast

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The purpose of this paper is to give a personal reflection of the podcast featuring University of Maryland professors Daniel Chazan and Lawrence Clark. Chazan and Clark participated in a 2013 podcast interview hosted by Samuel Otten, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Missouri (http://mathed.podomatic.com/entry/2013-06-10T19_14_44-07_00). Chazan and Clark, both professors in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, joined Otten to discuss the Special Issue in Teachers College Record (Vol. 115, No. 2) which focuses on the impact of African American mathematics teachers in urban schools. Interview Summary The Special Issue in Teachers College Record was comprised of five papers that examined how well respected African American mathematics teachers in urban settings influence the development of students’ mathematics identity. While the podcast interview briefly discussed all the articles that comprised the Special Issue, particular focus was given to Clark’s case studies, which focused on the racialized experiences of two African American mathematics teachers. The case study subjects were specifically chosen for their differing backgrounds. One subject was an African American female in her early 40’s that was educated in a segregated school system. The other, a young African American male in his mid-20’s, taught in the same urban school system in which he was educated. Clark indicated during the interview that African
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