ERIC Number: EJ1058106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
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Moving beyond "Those Kids": Addressing Teacher Beliefs Regarding the Role of Culture within Effective Science Pedagogy for Diverse Learners
Johnson, Carla C.; Bolshakova, Virginia L. J.
School Science and Mathematics, v115 n4 p179-185 Apr 2015
This study focused on intensive work within a large, urban, low-performing middle school in the southwest to address and transform teacher beliefs regarding the role of culture within their science pedagogy. Given the recent, rapid growth of numbers of students from Hispanic/Latino(a) backgrounds in the United States, it is critical that a paradigm shift takes place within schools and existing beliefs of science teachers to address the needs of a much changed classroom. This study details the journey of middle-school teachers who were provided support and experiences targeted at addressing their existing beliefs regarding the role of culture and the growth and change that were achieved through a science education reform effort. Implications for further research will be discussed, including the need for attention to beliefs regarding culture are shared.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Cultural Differences, Culturally Relevant Education, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Hispanic American Students, Faculty Development, Experience, Teacher Attitudes, Attitude Change, Student Diversity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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