The purpose of the Social Justice Math Project is to help students understand how mathematics is used to address social problems in society. This project will enable students to further develop their math literacy, reasoning and problem solving skills, and provide them with an opportunity to take a sense of agency (or ownership) in their learning process as it relates to applied mathematics. Students will assemble in teams (of 2 or 3 persons) to complete project tasks that will culminate in the form of a PowerPoint/Google Docs presentation.
Their project tasks include: a) selecting a social problem for inquiry, b) conducting internet research to briefly define the social problem, c) using key math topics to represent or describe the social problem, and d) using mathematics to summarize two alternative solutions to their selected social problem. This project will synthesize their understanding of special math topics to help them develop a mathematical framework for considering social, political, and economic issues within the context of social justice.
The visual diagram can consist of a PowerPoint slideshow, science posterboard, or infographic.
I recommend allowing students to work on this assignment 2 days a week for about 4-5 weeks. This is an in-class assignment.
This is a group project.
Format: pdf document