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Title: Activating Resources for Incorporating Culturally Relevant Teaching in STEM Curricula
Authors: Shim, Jooeun
Yoon, Susan A.
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Shim, J. & Yoon, S. A. (2023). Activating resources for incorporating culturally relevant teaching in STEM curricula. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 858-861). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Studies reveal that significant instructional challenges persist when teachers integrate culturally relevant teaching (CRT) in science classrooms, often due to insufficient structural support and available resources. Additionally, teaching of STEM requires teachers to have access beyond material resources, such as lesson plans that they acquire in professional development. We present a case study of one experienced science teacher implementing an innovative STEM curriculum that integrates bioinformatics, data literacy, and mobile learning. We use a resource activation framework to examine constraints occurring when implementing the curriculum that was specifically designed for CRT. We analyzed the teacher's daily reflection posts, classroom observation notes, and a post-implementation interview. We found that symbolic resources (i.e., perceived institutional social values that are ascribed to different forms of instruction) impacted the teacher’s instructional choices. Our findings suggest that successful implementation of STEM curricula is dependent on teacher’s activation of different forms of resources often simultaneously.
Description: Short Paper
Appears in Collections:ISLS Annual Meeting 2023

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