Human Rights in Language and STEM Education

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  • Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Human Rights in Language and Science Literacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite, Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite
      Pages 3-15
    3. P. David Pearson, Alison K. Billman
      Pages 17-34
    4. Megan M. Goss, Helen Min, Carrie Strohl
      Pages 35-52
  3. Equity and Critical Pedagogy in Technology and Human Rights Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Jabari Mahiri, Jeremiah Sims
      Pages 55-70
    3. Inga Bostad, Aled Dilwyn Fisher
      Pages 71-90
    4. Lanette Jimerson, Page Hersey
      Pages 91-108
  4. Language of Instruction in Science and Technology

  5. Human Rights in Mathematics and Stem Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Ubiratan D´Ambrosio
      Pages 207-219
    3. Emmanuelle Le Pichon, Ellen-Rose Kambel
      Pages 221-240
    4. Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite, Macleans A. Geo-Jaja, Steve Azaiki
      Pages 255-269
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 271-282

About this book


This volume explores the challenges of teaching and learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in local languages and local contexts in a range of countries around the world. Many countries around the world, including African countries, have been largely excluded from the transformation that is going on in STEM pedagogy in the USA, where the emphasis is on the importance of language choice and the development of English Language Learner (ELL). STEM subjects in many parts of the world have been taught in a global language, mainly English, rather than using a local language and local curriculum. This creates pedagogical challenges to the teaching of STEM. The contributions to this book review evidence and arguments for the teaching of STEM subjects in local languages and several chapters make this case that this should be considered a human right, both in national educational programs and in development aid. 

Working across disciplines and domains has the potential to lead to new understanding and the removal of barriers to progress with the ultimate goal of creating solutions to persistent problems in education. Cross-disciplinary work in science, language and literacy has shown much promise and demonstrated the importance of developing language along with disciplinary knowledge. This volume provides a deep dive into this topic, with articles by several scholars in the field of language in STEM.” – Jaqueline Barber, Director of the Learning Design Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California-Berkeley, USA

“In an increasingly technological world, STEM Education has become a priority on national agendas and in educational institutions. Meaningful access to STEM education can enable or hinder young people from gaining entry into the world of work. It is against this backdrop that the edited collection, Human Rights and Language in STEM Education, needs to be welcomed. The various chapters tackle the big questions of access and many others. This edited collection is required reading for all those working in STEM and for policy makers who tend to see language and STEM as binaries, rather than as interdependent.” – Zubeida Desai, Professor and Dean of Education, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

This volume by researchers from 10 countries provides a thought-and-action provoking multidimensional analysis of issues on the dignity of the use of STEM subjects in local education in the perspective of human rights. This book is especially recommended to researchers and education policy makers in such areas as STEM Educational Theory and Praxis, Human Rights, Future/sustainable Development, Science and Technology Literacy. May it inspire similar volumes in today’s politically ebullient world.” – Francisco Gomes de Matos, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, human linguistic rights scholar, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.


Language Human Rights STEM Africa Asia

Editors and affiliations

  • Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.University of OsloNorway

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