ERIC Number: EJ1039887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Efficacy of ACA Strategies in Biography-Driven Science Teaching: An Investigation
MacDonald, Grizelda L.; Miller, Stuart S.; Murry, Kevin; Herrera, Socorro; Spears, Jacqueline D.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v8 n4 p889-903 Dec 2013
This study explored the biography-driven approach to teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students in science education. Biography-driven instruction (BDI) embraces student diversity by incorporating students' sociocultural, linguistic, cognitive, and academic dimensions of their biographies into the learning process (Herrera in "Biography-driven culturally responsive teaching." Teachers College Press, New York, 2010). Strategies have been developed (Herrera, Kavimandan and Holmes in "Crossing the vocabulary bridge: differentiated strategies for diverse secondary classrooms." Teachers College Press, New York, 2011) that provide teachers with instructional routines that facilitate BDI. Using systematic classroom observations we empirically demonstrate that these activate, connect, affirm, strategies are likely to be effective in increasing teachers' biography-driven practices. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biographies, Teaching Methods, Student Diversity, Culturally Relevant Education, Observation, Instructional Effectiveness
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