Multicultural Science Education

Preparing Teachers for Equity and Social Justice

  • Mary M. Atwater
  • Melody Russell
  • Malcolm B. Butler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Malcolm B. Butler, Mary M. Atwater, Melody L. Russell
    Pages 1-7
  3. Historical and Sociocultural Perspectives on Science Teacher Education

  4. Foundations of Science Teacher Education

  5. Pedagogical and Curricular Issues in Science Teacher Education

  6. Equity, Multiculturalism, and Social Justice: Diversity Issues in Science Teaching

  7. Policy Reform for Science Teacher Education

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 293-295

About this book


This book offers valuable guidance for science teacher educators looking for ways to facilitate preservice and inservice teachers’ pedagogy relative to teaching students from underrepresented and underserved populations in the science classroom. It also provides solutions that will better equip science teachers of underrepresented student populations with effective strategies that challenge the status quo, and foster classrooms environment that promotes equity and social justice for all of their science students.

Multicultural Science Education illuminates historically persistent, yet unresolved issues in science teacher education from the perspectives of a remarkable group of science teacher educators and presents research that has been done to address these issues.  It centers on research findings on underserved and underrepresented groups of students and presents frameworks, perspectives, and paradigms that have implications for transforming science teacher education.  In addition, the chapters provide an analysis of the socio-cultural-political consequences in the ways in which science teacher education is theoretically conceptualized and operationalized in the United States. 

The book provides teacher educators with a framework for teaching through a lens of equity and social justice, one that may very well help teachers enhance the participation of students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas and help them realize their full potential in science. Moreover, science educators will find this book useful for professional development workshops and seminars for both novice and veteran science teachers. 


Africa American students Black scientists Black students Critical race theory cultural pedagogy multicultural science social justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Mary M. Atwater
    • 1
  • Melody Russell
    • 2
  • Malcolm B. Butler
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Science EducationUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of Curriculum and TeachingAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  3. 3.Univeristy of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

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