Departmental Honors Project Title
Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Sarah Hick
The United States is experiencing both a science gap and an achievement gap within science education. To shrink the science gap and prepare American students for the innovative and rigorous STEM career fields ahead, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were implemented in science education. Additionally, culturally relevant pedagogy was implemented in general education to alleviate the achievement gap. To ensure that all students are prepared to succeed in the competitive global world they are going to be a part of, science education needs to incorporate both NGSS and culturally relevant pedagogy. To examine the overlap of both pedagogies working in a science classroom, eight chemistry lessons from the National Science Teachers Association’s journal The Science Teacher were analyzed for the key aspects of culturally relevant pedagogy. Analysis of the NGSS chemistry lessons reveal that both pedagogies overlap and the lessons that are created with NGSS in mind only require slight adjustments to meet the requirements of culturally relevant pedagogy.
Bloome, Brenna G., "Closing the Science and Achievement Gap: Overlap of the Next Generation Science Standards and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy" (2017). Departmental Honors Projects. 89.
Departmental Honors Project