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Democratic Science Teaching

Building the Expertise to Empower Low-Income Minority Youth in Science

  • Sreyashi Jhumki Basu
  • Angela Calabrese Barton
  • Edna Tan

Part of the Cultural Perspectives in Science Education: Research Dialogs book series (CHPS, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Angela Calabrese Barton, Jhumki Basu, Verneda Johnson, Edna Tan
    Pages 1-20
  3. Jhumki Basu, Angela Calabrese Barton, Neile Clairmont, Donya Locke
    Pages 21-40
  4. Tara O’Neill
    Pages 41-54
  5. Hayat Alhoyokem, Angela Calabrese Barton, Donya Locke
    Pages 55-73
  6. Bhaskar Upadhyay, Nancy Albrecht
    Pages 75-87
  7. Gale Seiler
    Pages 89-101
  8. Christopher Emdin
    Pages 103-114
  9. Angela Calabrese Barton, Edna Tan
    Pages 115-120
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 121-127

About this book


Democratic science pedagogy has the potential to shape learning outcomes and science engagement by taking on directly issues of pedagogy, learning, and social justice. In this text we provide a framework for democratic science teaching in order to interrogate the purposes and goals of science education in classrooms globally, as well as to call attention to ways of being in the classroom that position teachers and students as important and powerful participants in their own learning and as change-agents of a larger global society. We develop three core conceptual tools for democratic science teaching, that together frame ways of thinking and being in classrooms that work towards a more just world: Voice, Authority, and Critical Science Literacy. Each conceptual tool is developed in the introductory chapters then taken up in different pedagogical and analytic ways in the chapters that span the text. The chapters present researcher, teacher, and student centered lenses for investigating democratic science education and reflect elementary through high school education, both in school and out of school, in the US and globally.

Editors and affiliations

  • Sreyashi Jhumki Basu
    • 1
  • Angela Calabrese Barton
    • 2
  • Edna Tan
    • 3
  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.University of North CarolinaGreensboroUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Democratic Science Teaching
  • Book Subtitle Building the Expertise to Empower Low-Income Minority Youth in Science
  • Editors Sreyashi Jhumki Basu
    Angela Calabrese Barton
    Edna Tan
  • Series Title Cultural Perspectives in Science Education: Research Dialogs
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers 2011
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6091-370-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 127
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
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