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Culturally Responsive & Inclusive Curriculum Resources: STEM

Examples & Recommended Readings from STEM Disciplines

Selected items from the model of culturally responsive teaching from Hernandez, C. M., Morales, A. R., & Shroyer, M. G. (2013). The development of a model of culturally responsive science and mathematics teaching. Cultural Studies of Science Education8(4), 803-820.

Content Integration

  • Incorporating information and/or examples from different cultures.
  • Making connections to students’ everyday lives.
  • Building of a safe learning environment to participate in classroom discussions without fear of reprisals or negative comments from the teacher.

Facilitating Knowledge Construction

  • Demonstrating the ability to build on students’ background/ prior knowledge as a means to making science and math concepts accessible.
  • Using ‘real world’ examples during science and math lessons, especially when introducing new concepts.

Academic Development

  • Using a variety of methods to create learning opportunities. 
  • Using visuals, grouping, and hands-on or manipulatives during instruction in order to assist their students in meeting the objectives of the science and math lessons. 
  • Using modeling to illustrate difficult science and math concepts.

Jett, C. C. (2013). Culturally Responsive Collegiate Mathematics Education: Implications for African American Students. Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning 3(2), 102-116.

  • Treat students as "mathematically competent cultural beings."..."Empower students to take hold of and internalize positive affirmations concerning their mathematical abilities." (p. 110) 
  • Bring forward students' interests and cultural heritage, and use this information to "...design mathematics tasks, problems, and projects as well as to validate students’ cultural identities in the mathematics space." (p. 111)
  • "...[L]isten to and value my students’ voices and embrace critical dialogue, whether it happens in small collaborative problem-solving groups or as a professional learning community." (p. 111) 

Kleinman, Zoe. ( 4/14/17) Artificial Intelligence: How to Avoid Racist Algorithms." BBC News, Technology.

Not an article about teaching per se, but a good example of an issue in computer science that speaks to the theme of cultural responsiveness that could be included in a class.

McGee, E., & Bentley, L. (2017). The Equity Ethic: Black and Latinx College Students Reengineering Their STEM Careers toward Justice. American Journal of Education, 124(1), 1-36.

"Part of the discourse in STEM classrooms should pertain to how science and technology can be used to ameliorate human suffering and address environmental issues. These conversations should be explored as a means to maintain and increase student satisfaction and engagement,as some students in this study expressed frustration at the lack of humanitarian values in their STEM fields....Studies have been done that point to diversity as a means to fuel innovation, but the present study contributes to the literature by suggesting that a more diverse workforce could direct and harness technological output in ways that diminish health, economic, environmental, and quality-of-life disparities." (p. 28)