STEM Teaching Tool #15: Promoting equity in science education

STEM Teaching Tool #15
STEM Teaching Tool #15

Editor's note: Each month we will bring you a practice brief, outlining a STEM Teaching Tool from the University of Washington's Institute for Science + Math Education, which is led by Dr. Philip Bell.

Practice Brief #15:
Overview: How can we promote equity in science education?
By Philip Bell and Megan Bang
January 2015

Equity should be prioritized as a central component in all educational improvement efforts. All students can and should learn complex science. However, achieving equity and social justice in science education is an ongoing challenge. Students from non-dominant communities often face "opportunity gaps" in their educational experience. Inclusive approaches to science instruction can reposition youth as meaningful participants in science learning and recognize their science-related assets and those of their communities.

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