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Maintaining a balance: Culture, pedagogy, and subject matter. Reflections on preparing teachers of Latino/a students.

Gilbert J. Cuevas, Ph.D.

Mathematics Department, Texas State University San Marcos

The appropriate professional development of teachers at all levels is critical in the efforts to provide effective mathematics education to Latino/a students. The design and implementation of degree and in-service programs that address pedagogy, subject matter content and culture are challenging endeavors. The paper addresses salient issues in each of these areas and ways to achieve a balance among them. The proposed idea is to prepare teachers who are knowledgeable of mathematics, have the pedagogical skills to teach the subject in ways that are linguistically and culturally relevant.