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Handbook of Research on Science Education by Michael Talbot-Smith

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CHAPTER 7

Science Education and Student Diversity: Race/Ethnicity, Language, Culture, and Socioeconomic Status

Okhee Lee

University of Miami

Aurolyn Luykx

University of Texas, El Paso

Knowledge about science and technology is increasingly important in today's world. Aside from the growing number of professions that require a working familiarity with scientific concepts and high-tech tools, the future of our society hangs in the balance of decisions that must be made on the basis of scientific knowledge. Yet, the increasing diversity of the school-aged population, coupled with differential science performance among demographic groups, makes the goal of “science for all” a challenge for many nations.

Reform-oriented instructional practices ...

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