Science FOR All...Science BY All: Sharing a Legacy of Cultural Competence
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  • 1. Science FOR All...Science BY All: Sharing a Legacy of Cultural CompetenceIt is vital that students understand not only the hows and whys of science, but also thewhos. Children have a strong image of a white male with glasses and messy hair as thestandard scientist, but it is our job to alter that image and show them that scientists lookjust like them. In fact, there are scientists of every race, ethnicity, gender, andsocioeconomic background. Teachers need to provide this diverse curriculum that exposesstudents to women, people of color, and people with disabilities in history, science,mathematics, and so on. Presently, America needs more scientists and engineers, andstudents must realize that they do not have to be a stereotypical scientist. “The first function of education is to provide identity…Identity is the consciousness of our true nature… education has the responsibility to transmit the legacy of competence…The reason that the Study of Origins is so important is because it shows the continuity of the development of knowledge and how every people have given an invaluable piece to the complex puzzle that is modern life. This study also continues to inspire each new generation to carry on the tradition that their “tribes” have begun.” (Na’im Akbar in Know Thy Self)There will come a day when multiculturalism and science are not discussed independently,but are instead found in the same conversation. However, until that day comes, we asteachers need to be sure that in our own classrooms science instruction stresses real-lifeapplications and acknowledges individual differences so that our students understand thatevery person is a scientist, no matter their ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexualorientation. We cannot afford to wait until the Standards of Learning tell us this isimportant; we must start today in every classroom. (Adapted fromhttp://mrc.spps.org/multicultural_science_education) Tarra Ellis, Ph. D.
  • 2. Research-Based Practice:Transcending Cultural Borders: Implications for Science Teachinghttp://www.ouhk.edu.hk/~rcwww/misc/jegede.htmCrafting Multicultural Science Education with Preservice Teachers Through Service-Learning http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220270050167189#previewDefining „Science‟ In a Multicultural World: Implications for Science Educationhttp://www.wmich.edu/slcsp/SLCSP148/slcsp148.pdfLess Talk, More Action for Multicultural Sciencehttp://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED442637.pdfScience Motivation in the Multicultural Classroomhttp://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-02/tst0303_64.pdfDefining “Science” in a Multicultural World: Implications for Science Educationhttp://www.wmich.edu/slcsp/SLCSP148/slcsp148.pdfMulticultural Science Education: Myths, Legends, and Moon Phaseshttp://education.jhu.edu/newhorizons/strategies/topics/multicultural-education/multicultural-science-education/index.htmlResearch on Multiculturalism Applied to Students Learning School Science: SomeTheoretical Issues http://www.ouhk.edu.hk/cridal/misc/krugly.htmEffective Science Instruction for English Learnershttp://docushare.ycs.k12.pa.us/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-7526/Effective+Science+Instruction+for+English+Learners.pdfAfrican Science in School Curriculum http://www.africa.upenn.edu/K-12/African_Science.html Tarra Ellis, Ph. D.
  • 3. Amazing African AmericansBlack Scientists and Inventors http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bhmscientists1.htmlBlack Innovators Then and Now http://www.littleafrica.com/miracleshappen/The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Scienceshttps://webfiles.uci.edu/mcbrown/display/faces.htmlGreat African Americans in the Scienceshttp://articles.usa-people-search.com/content-great-african-americans-in-the-sciences.aspxSpotlight: African American Scientists http://www.scienceupdate.com/spotlights/african-american-scientists/Legendary LatinosSACNAS Biography Project http://bio.sacnas.org/biography/Latinos in Math & Science: Resources for kids, young adults and teachershttp://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/SciRefGuides/latinos.htmlFamous Hispanic Inventorshttp://inventors.about.com/od/hispanicinventors/Famous_Hispanic_Inventors.htmMeet Famous Latinos http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/hispanic/molinatscript.htmMentoring and Creating More Latino Scientists http://nbclatino.tumblr.com/luiscolon Tarra Ellis, Ph. D.
  • 4. Talented Teens:6 Teenage Inventors That Changed the World http://www.cracked.com/article_19601_6-teenage-inventors-that-changed-world.htmlTSI: Teen Science Investigations http://headsup.scholastic.com/articles/tsi-teen-science-investigations/White House Science Fair 2012: Obama Honors Amazing Teen Innovatorshttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/white-house-science-fair_n_1263521.htmlAngela Zhang: Teen Scientists Take Home $100K Prizehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/05/california-teen-wins-100k_n_1129649.htmlAward-Winning Teen-age Science in Actionhttp://www.ted.com/talks/award_winning_teen_age_science_in_action.htmlAward-Winning Teen Scientists Exemplify Meaningful Learninghttp://educatorstudio.com/articles/award-winning-teen-scientists-exemplify-meaningful-learningTeen Scientists Help Park Researchhttp://www.dailyinterlake.com/news/local_montana/article_d12b825c-9eb2-11e0-ba8b-001cc4c002e0.htmlHillcrest High School‟s Teen Scientists http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snghLDycDUYTeen Nuclear Scientist Fights Terror http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/01/living/teen-nuclear-scientist/index.htmlCalling All Teen Inventors http://www.fazeteen.com/issue11/inventors.html Tarra Ellis, Ph. D.
  • 5. Globalization in Middle School ScienceMiddle School Lesson Plans: Economics and Globalizationhttp://www.globalenvision.org/forteachers/17/1233Globalization: Middle School Students and the Worldhttp://www.chatham.edu/pti/curriculum/units/2007/Geever.pdfWhere We Stand: Globalizationhttp://www.pbs.org/wnet/wherewestand/reports/globalization/segment-one-from-full-episode/7/Globalization and Science Education in a Community-Based After-School Programhttp://www.springerlink.com/content/748387701745612t/Helpful Websites:African American-Latino Scientist Webquesthttp://www.mekambo.com/earthscience/scientist_project/african-amscientist.phpAssociation for Multicultural Science Educationhttp://www.amsek16.org/www.amsek16.org/Welcome.htmlMulticultural Science Education Project http://www.upei.ca/~xliu/multi-culture/home.htmNative Americans in Sciencehttp://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312140/ThinkQuest/Alisha/Native%20Americans%20in%20Science.htm Tarra Ellis, Ph. D.