Science FOR All...Science BY All: Sharing a Legacy of Cultural Competence


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Science FOR All...Science BY All: Sharing a Legacy of Cultural Competence

  1. 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 from Tarra Ellis, Ph. D.
  2. 2. Research-Based Practice:Transcending Cultural Borders: Implications for Science Teaching Multicultural Science Education with Preservice Teachers Through Service-Learning „Science‟ In a Multicultural World: Implications for Science Education Talk, More Action for Multicultural Science Motivation in the Multicultural Classroom “Science” in a Multicultural World: Implications for Science Education Science Education: Myths, Legends, and Moon Phases on Multiculturalism Applied to Students Learning School Science: SomeTheoretical Issues Science Instruction for English Learners Science in School Curriculum Tarra Ellis, Ph. D.
  3. 3. Amazing African AmericansBlack Scientists and Inventors Innovators Then and Now Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences African Americans in the Sciences African American Scientists LatinosSACNAS Biography Project in Math & Science: Resources for kids, young adults and teachers Hispanic Inventors Famous Latinos and Creating More Latino Scientists Tarra Ellis, Ph. D.
  4. 4. Talented Teens:6 Teenage Inventors That Changed the World Teen Science Investigations House Science Fair 2012: Obama Honors Amazing Teen Innovators Zhang: Teen Scientists Take Home $100K Prize Teen-age Science in Action Teen Scientists Exemplify Meaningful Learning Scientists Help Park Research High School‟s Teen Scientists Nuclear Scientist Fights Terror All Teen Inventors Tarra Ellis, Ph. D.
  5. 5. Globalization in Middle School ScienceMiddle School Lesson Plans: Economics and Globalization Middle School Students and the World We Stand: Globalization and Science Education in a Community-Based After-School Program Websites:African American-Latino Scientist Webquest for Multicultural Science Education Science Education Project Americans in Science Tarra Ellis, Ph. D.