Capstone Project Title
Research has made evident the importance of representation within the classroom, not only for students of color but also for white students. For the means of this project, representation refers to racial representation. There are many methods of increasing representation, such as ensuring staff reflect school demographics and planning more inclusive lessons. An effective method to bring representation into the classroom is by modifying the curriculum that is taught. The curriculum designed for this project is a three-week-long unit developed for the middle school science classroom. This unit is designed to challenge students’ preconceived notions of the scientific community. This is a three-phase project. In the first phase, students will be introduced to diverse scientists and engineers in a jigsaw activity. The second phase is student-conducted research on a diverse scientist of their choice. Lastly, students present their findings to their peers. The goal of this project is to widen students’ perspectives on who has made contributions to the scientific community along with broadening their scope of who real scientists are.
Curriculum, Science, Social Justice
Karnes, Samantha, "The Benefits of Racial Representation in the Middle School Science Classroom" (2021). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 659.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects