Democracy Applied to Science Pedagogy

 

The Democratic STEM Teaching Framework

Student Voice

Shared and Transformational Authority

Critical STEM Literacy

Students have a right to free speech: the right to debate and question competing ideas, using evidence

Teachers acknowledge and leverage student intellectual property - “funds of knowledge” and prior science knowledge. Students have choice in what they learn and how they extend and apply their science knowledge

Marginalized students move towards the center of science classrooms and engage in critical subject agency – becoming subject matter experts who leverage their knowledge for small- and large-scale change

Operationalizing democratic science teaching in classrooms

 

Student Voice

Shared and Transformational Authority

How, when, how often and why students express voice, especially as evidence-based opinion, and how and when teachers leverage this voice

When, how and how often curriculum is situated in students’ life experiences, home life, background and cultural/social identities. Numbers and types of choices available to students in their science classrooms

Critical STEM Literacy

How, when and how often students investigate science and science education from a “critical” lens, demonstrate subject-matter expertise and engagement and leverage these to reflect and act on injustice in their lives