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Teaching Science for Social Justice


reviewed by Valarie L. Akerson — 2004

coverTitle: Teaching Science for Social Justice
Author(s): Angela Calabrese Barton
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807743836, Pages: 197, Year: 2004
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The work presented in this text represents six years of research on an after school science program for urban, mostly homeless children. The purpose of the work was to explore concerns of young people in poverty, describe how high-poverty urban youth construct a practice of science, and explore how science teaching practices constructed with young people in urban poverty reflect their lives, their concerns, and their practices of science. To explore these ideas the researchers use stories of the urban youth to illustrate “how their unique positions, as youth growing and learning in high-poverty, urban settings, frame their constructions of science in particularly compelling and challenging ways” (p. 5). I found the book interesting to read because of these illustrative stories about the youth’s experiences in their neighborhoods trying to create a sense of community as well as learn science. For instance, we first experience the dichotomy of science in and out of school through Kobe ’s story. Kobe struggles with helping to raise his siblings as well... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 886-888
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11252, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 12:18:34 AM

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  • Valarie Akerson
    Indiana University
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    VALARIE L. AKERSON is an assistant professor of Science Education at Indiana University. Her primary research interest is elementary teacher development, with an emphasis on improving teachers’ conceptions of nature of science, and helping elementary teachers use their strengths in literacy instruction to improve their science teaching. Her most recent publication is "Teaching elements of nature of science: A year long case study of a fourth grade teacher" in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (with F. S. Abd-El-Khalick, 2003).
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