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Presentation Type

Open Access Poster Presentation

Keywords

Social justice--Study and teaching; Multicultural education;

Abstract

As classrooms become more racially/ethnically, economically, and linguistically diverse in the United States it is important for teachers to integrate pedagogy and methodology in the classroom that challenges existing inequities in education and assist all students in being successful in the classroom. Integrating culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching into one’s teaching and learning with diverse students can assist with creating an equitable learning environment. The purpose of this poster presentation is to share the findings of an action research project exploring the integration of culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching in a summer enrichment program for a group of diverse high school students identified as low-income and/or first generation college students. This qualitative action research project utilized data sources including student work and the teacher’s reflective journal. Thematic data analysis through the lens of culturally relevant pedagogy was utilized for the project. Emerging themes included teaching and learning with students’ needs at the center and students’ connection to course content and issues of social justice. The second theme illustrates how the students strengthened both their cultural competencies and academic knowledge in the areas of technology, research, and social justice. Concluding thoughts include ideas surrounding the fact that the students were a community of learners who were invested in the social justice topics that they choose to research and the teacher’s reflections of the challenges of incorporating culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching in the classroom.

Start Date

4-4-2017 11:00 AM

End Date

4-4-2017 1:30 PM

Faculty Advisor

Stephanie Logan

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Comments

Location: Maucker Union Ballroom

File Format

application/pdf

Embargo Date

4-4-2017

Additional Files

Accompanying Handout.pdf (215 kB)

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Apr 4th, 11:00 AM Apr 4th, 1:30 PM

Exploring Technology through the Integration of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Issues of Social Justice

As classrooms become more racially/ethnically, economically, and linguistically diverse in the United States it is important for teachers to integrate pedagogy and methodology in the classroom that challenges existing inequities in education and assist all students in being successful in the classroom. Integrating culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching into one’s teaching and learning with diverse students can assist with creating an equitable learning environment. The purpose of this poster presentation is to share the findings of an action research project exploring the integration of culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching in a summer enrichment program for a group of diverse high school students identified as low-income and/or first generation college students. This qualitative action research project utilized data sources including student work and the teacher’s reflective journal. Thematic data analysis through the lens of culturally relevant pedagogy was utilized for the project. Emerging themes included teaching and learning with students’ needs at the center and students’ connection to course content and issues of social justice. The second theme illustrates how the students strengthened both their cultural competencies and academic knowledge in the areas of technology, research, and social justice. Concluding thoughts include ideas surrounding the fact that the students were a community of learners who were invested in the social justice topics that they choose to research and the teacher’s reflections of the challenges of incorporating culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally responsive teaching in the classroom.