Dr. Melody Russell, an Associate Professor of secondary science education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in Auburn University’s College of Education, is the co-editor of a new book published by Springer Press. Entitled Multicultural Science Education: Preparing Teachers for Equity and Social Justice, the book focuses on teacher preparation for the increasingly diverse science classroom.
“Prestigious organizations such as the National Science Foundation are placing great emphasis on broadening participation and promoting STEM engagement for underrepresented and underserved groups,” Russell said. “This book is a timely contribution geared towards facilitating teacher understanding of the critical role they play in enhancing interest and participation in STEM for culturally and linguistically diverse students.”
Specifically, this book offers practical applications that will help promote equity and social justice in middle and high school science classrooms, and presents pedagogical strategies that bridge the gap between theory and practice in equity, social justice and multicultural education.
Co-edited with Professors Mary M. Atwater and Malcolm B. Butler, Multicultural Science Education illuminates historically persistent, yet unresolved issues in science teacher education. The chapters reveal the perspectives of a remarkable group of science teacher educators and presents research findings on underserved and underrepresented groups of students and frameworks, perspectives, and paradigms that have implications for transforming science teacher education.