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Science Education for Diversity

Theory and Practice

  • Nasser Mansour
  • Rupert Wegerif
  • Reflects the latest theory on diversity issues in science including new dialogic approaches

  • Draws on the empirical experiences and research of the local experts from an extremely diverse cohort across the world

  • Deals with cultural issues in science education from different perspectives such as pedagogy, curricula, teacher education, learning, gender, religion, and ICT

  • Includes pedagogical strategies of how to teach diverse learners


Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Science Education Reform for Diversity

  3. From Learning to Pedagogy

  4. Science Teacher Education and Diversity

  5. Cultural Issues in Science Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Anita Hussénius, Kristina Andersson, Annica Gullberg, Kathryn Scantlebury
      Pages 301-315
    3. Michael J. Reiss
      Pages 317-328

About this book


Reflecting the very latest theory on diversity issues in science education, including new dialogic approaches, this volume explores the subject from a range of perspectives and draws on studies from around the world. The work discusses fundamental topics such as how we conceptualize diversity as well as examining the ways in which heterogeneous cultural constructs influence the teaching and learning of science in a range of contexts.

Including numerous strategies ready for adoption by interested teachers, the book addresses the varied cultural factors that influence engagement with science education. It seeks answers to the question of why increasing numbers of students fail to connect with science education in schools and looks at the more subtle impact that students’ individually constructed identities have on the teaching and learning of science. Recognizing the diversity of its audience, the book covers differing levels and science subjects, and examines material from a range of viewpoints that include pedagogy, curricula, teacher education, learning, gender, religion, and ICT, as well as those of in-service and trainee teachers at all levels.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nasser Mansour
    • 1
  • Rupert Wegerif
    • 2
  1. 1.St Luke's Campus, Graduate School of EducationUniversity of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.St. Lukes CampusUniversity of ExeterExeter, DevonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information


“Science Education for Diversity is valuable reading for a wide audience of science educators, researchers, and policy-makers as it offers a clear-eyed, critical look at the inability of mainstream science education to recruit a diverse ST workforce while preparing all citizens to be scientifically literate, lifelong science learners. Contributions that present a range of theoretical approaches and practices, highlight tensions, and provide possible solutions across a range of implementation sites promise to provide useful insights.” (Pauline W. U. Chinn, Studies in Science Education, Vol. 53 (1), 2017)

“The book focuses on cultural issues in science education. … The book also presents strategies for how to teach and deal with diverse groups in science classes. … The book is well written and easy to read (even for non-native speakers). … it will be of interest to researchers working in the field of diversity in science education, as well as for others.” (Silvija Markic, Education in Chemistry, July, 2014)