Dec 01, 2023  
2023 January Term Course Catalog 
2023 January Term Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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JAN 132 - STEM Education for a More Just World

Upper division
Full credit
TuTh 11 AM-3 PM

“This course engages a sociohistorical analysis of inequities in U.S. K-12 STEM education alongside the struggle to make STEM education more equitable and just. We begin by exploring our own K-12 STEM schooling experiences in relation to our intersecting social identities, acknowledging that how we interrogate our lived experiences shape our perspectives on schooling. We will center on issues of power, access, and agency in STEM education, examining the historical and present-day status quo of STEM education. We will read and analyze a variety of critical and culturally relevant lessons, units, and projects in STEM education that explicitly strive to challenge inequities and empower students as change agents. Together, we will envision STEM classrooms as humanizing, inclusive spaces by visiting local classrooms and meeting STEM teachers. Furthermore, we will examine strategies for family and community engagement in STEM learning. Finally, we will investigate current efforts around the country to make education more equitable and just, particularly the work of teacher-activists shaping STEM education. At the end of the course, as blossoming STEM education scholars and future professionals (whether that be in a STEM industry, medicine, teaching, etc.), students of the class will be able to formulate a theory of change for how K-12 STEM education can be more equitable and just.”


Core Designation: Community Engagement


This course includes in-classroom experience outside of the class meeting time. 

Instructor(s): Mary Raygoza and Vidya Chandrasekaran

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisites: ENG 5/108
Course fee: 10

Credits: 1

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