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Seminar: Exploring Implications of the Social Model of Disability for Mathematics Education

Dr Rossi D’Souza, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai, India

I present my PhD study which was an exploration of the question of what "the social model of disability" could mean for mathematics education. The research study evolved out of a chance visit to a study centre for blind children, in Mumbai, where I ended up volunteering as a music and mathematics teacher for over the period of six years.
By drawing from my students’ experiences with facing discrimination, and my field observations with conducting mathematics teaching sessions, my research work demonstrated that creating inclusive environments for blind mathematics learners is possible if conditions favour collective learning. And moreover, such conditions lead to a richer mathematical interaction among participants. However, as a follow up study of students who had moved on from the study centre and sought jobs and higher studies showed, the exclusion and disablement of blind students is a structural problem, and the political economy of exclusion poses limits to how much disablement can be overcome merely by making mathematics classrooms inclusive. My study therefore highlights the need for collective action.

Rossi D'Souza has recently completed his PhD in Mathematics Education from the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education - TIFR, Mumbai. Prior to joining the PhD program, Rossi completed his M.Tech in Modeling and Simulation from the University of Pune before which he worked in teaching and industry.


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The seminar is part of the open research series 'Education, the global South, and Beyond', at the Department of Education. It is being held Thursdays lunchtime, 1 to 2 pm, in the Zoom meeting room. This series aims to create an interactive space for postgraduate students, doctoral and early career researchers, scholars, research practitioners and faculty to meet in a relaxed, supportive and collaborative environment to discuss topics of international education, development and related issues. Meeting links will also be shared on the Diversity, Equity and Education Collective (DeCol) webpage. 

DeCol is a network of international scholars, mostly doctoral, postdoctoral and early career researchers working on issues of education and development. It aims to expand research and practice in education and beyond by inclusion of multi-disciplinary perspectives, creative approaches, and contextualised understandings of multiple lived realities and experiences in diverse international contexts.

Everyone warmly welcome!