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Multicultural Science Education for Middle-Level Teacher Candidates

Examining the Past While Preparing for the Future

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International Handbook of Research on Multicultural Science Education

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With immigration patterns leading to increased levels of heterogeneity and the need to move beyond established biases, many nations are experiencing the need for science teacher educators to prepare preservice teachers to be more responsive to the needs of an ever-growing diverse young adolescent population. This diversity includes language, ethnicity, race, and gender. In an examination of multicultural education in the context of science education, terms such as culturally responsive and culturally relevant pedagogies raise implications, opportunities, and challenges in the preparation of middle-level preservice teachers. Building on frameworks created by early advocates of multicultural education and on empirical studies in science education, the chapter provides research evidence and practical applications for science teacher education. Attention is given to cultural competence as a laudable response to helping middle-level preservice science teachers develop awareness and pedagogies to address the diversity as they prepare to enter the education profession and to consider implications for science teacher educators.

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Carnes, G.N., Weinburgh, M.H. (2021). Multicultural Science Education for Middle-Level Teacher Candidates. In: Atwater, M.M. (eds) International Handbook of Research on Multicultural Science Education. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-37743-4_38-2

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