Science in the City

Science in the City Culturally Relevant STEM Education

Bryan A. Brown
paper, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-374-1
Price: $31.00

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cloth, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-375-8
Price: $60.00

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Science in the City examines how language and culture matter for effective science teaching. Author Bryan A. Brown argues that, given the realities of our multilingual and multicultural society, teachers must truly understand how issues of culture intersect with the fundamental principles of learning. This book links an exploration of contemporary research on urban science teaching to a more generative instructional approach in which students develop mastery by discussing science in culturally meaningful ways.


In this book, Brown addresses the challenge of persistent inequities in science education for youth of color with an approach to science teaching that draws strength from the complex ways in which language, race, and culture intersect in classroom life. Weaving together theory and practice, he frames a generative approach to teaching that amplifies the wisdom of lived lives as powerful resources for accessing and leveraging science towards a more just world. — Angela Calabrese Barton, professor, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Science in the City offers a penetrating analysis of how children in urban schools bring rich linguistic resources for sensemaking about science that are often left unrecognized or dismissed as irrelevant. Brown then shows how we can fundamentally rethink the ways that language is used by teachers and students in the classroom to expand conceptions of ‘who is smart’ and ‘who belongs here.’ — Mark Windschitl, professor of science education, University of Washington

Science in the City introduces high-leverage, classroom-ready practices that concretely address systemic racism and bias, situated within rich stories of research and practice that teachers will find engaging, motivating, and accessible no matter where their students live. — Kirstin Milks, science teacher, Bloomington High School South, Bloomington, Indiana

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About the Author

Bryan A. Brown is an associate professor of science education and associate dean for student affairs at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.

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