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ERIC Number: EJ758605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
A Rationale for Cultural Awareness in the Science Classroom
Bardwell, Genevieve; Kincaid, Eric
Science Teacher, v72 n3 p32-35 Mar 2005
Across the United States, only 10% of all teachers are members of minority groups, indicating that teachers are far less diverse than the current population of students they teach. The West Virginia Health Sciences and Technology Academy, a math and science afterschool program and summer institute, was created specifically to reach out to underrepresented students in order to improve student opportunities for completing college and becoming healthcare professionals. To teach science with a multicultural focus, it is imperative for teachers to identify culturally relevant pedagogical content knowledge to pique student interest. Through the infusion of culturally relevant content in the summer institute, teachers gain an inside view of their students' culture and identifiable learning styles of cultural groups, which helps to expand teachers' comfort zone so they are then able to transfer this awareness of different cultural perspectives into their regular school classes. The infusion of culturally relevant content can take place on two levels. First, a teacher can target specific science content. For example, teachers should discuss African-American scientists throughout the course, not just during Black History Month. Secondly, emphasis can be placed on the application of specific concepts in routine aspects of students' lives. After the summer institute is completed, teachers take the tools gained back to their local high schools and conduct after-school Health Sciences and Technology Academy science clubs. (Contains 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia