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Multicultural Science Education

Preparing Teachers for Equity and Social Justice

Editors: Atwater, Mary M., Russell, Melody, BUTLER, MALCOLM (Eds.)

  • Focuses systematically on science teacher education issues related to preparing and working with science teachers of underserved and underrepresented student populations
  • Offers practical applications that will help promote equity and social justice in middle and high school science classrooms
  • Presents strategies that bridge the gap between theory and practice in equity and multicultural education
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About this book

This book offers valuable guidance for science teacher educators looking for ways to facilitate preservice and inservice teachers’ pedagogy relative to teaching students from underrepresented and underserved populations in the science classroom. It also provides solutions that will better equip science teachers of underrepresented student populations with effective strategies that challenge the status quo, and foster classrooms environment that promotes equity and social justice for all of their science students.

Multicultural Science Education illuminates historically persistent, yet unresolved issues in science teacher education from the perspectives of a remarkable group of science teacher educators and presents research that has been done to address these issues.  It centers on research findings on underserved and underrepresented groups of students and presents frameworks, perspectives, and paradigms that have implications for transforming science teacher education.  In addition, the chapters provide an analysis of the socio-cultural-political consequences in the ways in which science teacher education is theoretically conceptualized and operationalized in the United States.

The book provides teacher educators with a framework for teaching through a lens of equity and social justice, one that may very well help teachers enhance the participation of students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas and help them realize their full potential in science. Moreover, science educators will find this book useful for professional development workshops and seminars for both novice and veteran science teachers.

"Multicultural Science Education: Preparing Teachers for Equity and Social Justice directly addresses the essential role that science teacher education plays for the future of an informed and STEM knowledgeable citizenry. The editors and authors review the beginnings of multicultural science education, and then highlight findings from studies on issues of equity, underrepresentation, cultural relevancy, English language learning, and social justice. The most significant part of this book is the move to the policy level—providing specific recommendations for policy development, implementation, assessment and analysis, with calls to action for all science teacher educators, and very significantly, all middle and high school science teachers and prospective teachers.

By emphasizing the important role that multicultural science education has played in providing the knowledge base and understanding of exemplary science education, Multicultural Science Education: Preparing Teachers for Equity and Social Justice gives the reader a scope and depth of the field, along with examples of strategies to use with middle and high school students. These classroom instructional strategies are based on sound science and research. Readers are shown the balance between research-based data driven models articulated with successful instructional design. Science teacher educators will find this volume of great value as they work with their pre-service and in-service teachers about how to address and infuse multicultural science education within their classrooms.

For educators to be truly effective in their classrooms, they must examine every component of the learning and teaching process. Multicultural Science Education: Preparing Teachers for Equity and Social Justice provides not only the intellectual and research bases underlying multicultural studies in science education, but also the pragmatic side. All teachers and teacher educators can infuse these findings and recommendations into their classrooms in a dynamic way, and ultimately provide richer learning experiences for all students."

Patricia Simmons, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

"This provocative collection of chapters is a presentation in gutsiness.  Ingenious in construction and sequencing, this book will influence science teacher educators by introducing them to issues of equity and social justice directly related to women and people of color.  The authors unflinchingly interrogate issues of equity which need to be addressed in science education courses.

"This provocative collection of chapters is a presentation in gutsiness.  Ingenious in construction and sequencing, this book will influence science teacher educators by introducing them to issues of equity and social justice directly related to women and people of color.  The authors unflinchingly interrogate issues of equity which need to be addressed in science education courses.

It begins with setting current cultural and equity issue within a historic frame. The first chapter sets the scene by moving the reader through 400 years in which African-American’s were ‘scientifically excluded from science’. This is followed by a careful review of the Jim Crow era, an analysis of equity issues of women and ends with an examination of sociocultural consciousness and culturally responsive teaching.

Two chapters comprise the second section.  Each chapter examines the role of the science teacher in providing a safe place by promoting equity and social justice in the classroom.   The three chapters in the third section focus on secondary science teachers. Each addresses issues of preparation that provides new teachers with understanding of equity and provokes questions of good teaching.

Section four enhances and expands the first section as the authors suggest cultural barriers the impact STEM engagement by marginalized groups.  The last section, composed of three chapters, interrogates policy issues that influence the science classroom."

Molly Weinburgh, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, USA

Reviews

"Science has been misguidedly viewed by many as a culture-free, ethnicity-free, and gender-free discipline. If this was so then the faces of those who are successful in science should be very different.  There is consensus in the science education community that there needs to be a significant change in the way science has been traditionally taught. To achieve this we need to focus on culturally relevant pedagogy and provide knowledge about multicultural science pedagogical strategies to better educate pre service and practicing teachers.

 This timely and revolutionary book provides a doorway to science for all those who previously were not allowed in. It is crucial to teacher education and can have a major impact on the way future teachers approach their teaching and their student learning. This book written by critical-thinking science teacher educators of color who are in the field of science teacher education using their personal experiences show teachers how they can affect policy to ensure equity, multicultural education and social justice for all their students.  The activities in this book demonstrate a way to facilitate pre service science teacher educators in developing a framework for teaching through a lens of both equity and social justice. 

 The book serves as a resource for science teacher educators that is both relevant and applicable to diverse classroom settings on the secondary level that many teachers experience daily. The chapters are written not only based on the authors own experiences as teacher educators or science educators but based on research in best practices in teaching for equity and social justice.  They write from a lens relative to culture, equity, and social justice in the preparation of science teachers, as well as highlight the need for integrating equity and social justice in science teacher education programs.

The multi-cultural and social justice perspectives in this book help teachers foster an environment in which their students have ownership of science. Culture, equity and social justice should be central themes in any science teacher education program, but especially ones that are preparing teachers to teach in the 21st century. I look forward to the publication of this much need book and would definitely use it in my urban program which prepares teachers to teach in diverse communities many of which they have never experienced."

Pamela Fraser-Abder, Professor  of Science Education, New York University

"In the science education community we have for far too long placed major emphasis on the cognitive aspects of learning, while dismissing the socio-historical-cultural mitigating contexts that influence all teaching and learning. This book does this, and as importantly, identifies a cluster of science education researchers that make it explicit that the teaching and learning of science is about individuals who have a past, present and future that has been, is, and will be influenced by who they are and what they bring to the learning table."

Alejandro J. Gallard M artinez
Professor and Goizueta Distinguished Chair, 2013 President, Southeast Association for Science Teacher Educators, Georgia Southern University

"Multicultural Science Education: Preparing Teachers for Equity and Social Justice directly addresses the essential role that science teacher education plays for the future of an informed and STEM knowledgeable citizenry. The editors and authors review the beginnings of multicultural science education, and then highlight findings from studies on issues of equity, underrepresentation, cultural relevancy, English language learning, and social justice. The most significant part of this book is the move to the policy level—providing specific recommendations for policy development, implementation, assessment and analysis, with calls to action for all science teacher educators, and very significantly, all middle and high school science teachers and prospective teachers.

By emphasizing the important role that multicultural science education has played in providing the knowledge base and understanding of exemplary science education, Multicultural Science Education: Preparing Teachers for Equity and Social Justice gives the reader a scope and depth of the field, along with examples of strategies to use with middle and high school students. These classroom instructional strategies are based on sound science and research. Readers are shown the balance between research-based data driven models articulated with successful instructional design. Science teacher educators will find this volume of great value as they work with their pre-service and in-service teachers about how to address and infuse multicultural science education within their classrooms.

For educators to be truly effective in their classrooms, they must examine every component of the learning and teaching process. Multicultural Science Education: Preparing Teachers for Equity and Social Justice provides not only the intellectual and research bases underlying multicultural studies in science education, but also the pragmatic side. All teachers and teacher educators can infuse these findings and recommendations into their classrooms in a dynamic way, and ultimately provide richer learning experiences for all students."

Patricia Simmons, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

"This provocative collection of chapters is a presentation in gutsiness.  Ingenious in construction and sequencing, this book will influence science teacher educators by introducing them to issues of equity and social justice directly related to women and people of color.  The authors unflinchingly interrogate issues of equity which need to be addressed in science education courses.

It begins with setting current cultural and equity issue within a historic frame. The first chapter sets the scene by moving the reader through 400 years in which African-American’s were ‘scientifically excluded from science’. This is followed by a careful review of the Jim Crow era, an analysis of equity issues of women and ends with an examination of sociocultural consciousness and culturally responsive teaching.

Two chapters comprise the second section.  Each chapter examines the role of the science teacher in providing a safe place by promoting equity and social justice in the classroom.   The three chapters in the third section focus on secondary science teachers. Each addresses issues of preparation that provides new teachers with understanding of equity and provokes questions of good teaching.

Section four enhances and expands the first section as the authors suggest cultural barriers the impact STEM engagement by marginalized groups.  The last section, composed of three chapters, interrogates policy issues that influence the science classroom."

Molly Weinburgh, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, USA


Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction: Culture, Equity, and Social Justice for Science Teacher Educators

    Butler, Malcolm B. (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • The Systematic Misuse of Science

    Green, André M.

    Pages 11-28

  • Second-Class Citizens, First-Class Scientists: Using Sociocultural Perspectives to Highlight the Successes and Challenges of African American Scientists During the Jim Crow Era

    Butler, Malcolm B.

    Pages 29-39

  • Science Education and Females of Color: The Play Within a Play

    Walls, Leon

    Pages 41-59

  • Sociocultural Consciousness and Science Teacher Education

    Brand, Brenda

    Pages 61-78

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7651-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7650-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 6, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0284-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Multicultural Science Education
Book Subtitle
Preparing Teachers for Equity and Social Justice
Editors
  • Mary M. Atwater
  • Melody Russell
  • MALCOLM BUTLER
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7651-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7651-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7650-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0284-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 295
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 illustrations in colour
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