How Can a Teacher Play the Role of Key Actor in Helping Latinx Students’ Identity in a STEM Subject?
Event: Undergraduate Research Symposium
Date: May 18, 2019
Location: UCI Student Center
Presenters: Miranda Lopez, Cristina Alvarez
Mentor: Hosun Kang
Title: How Can a Teacher Play the Role of Key Actor in Helping Latinx Students’ Identity in a STEM Subject?
With the continuing change in demographics in California’s classrooms it is important that students of color see themselves in future STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. The purpose of this qualitative, single case, is to articulate the responsive teaching in which instructors acknowledge and validate students’ culture, knowledge, needs, interests, as well as their personal background and experiences. We employed holistic analysis based on an observation and interview conducted on one occasion. The findings provide examples of teachers’ responsive teaching practices, and how it created spaces for students of color to connect themselves with STEM. Based on the findings, we argue that teachers can become Key Actors in nurturing students’ sense of self efficacy as engineers and scientists within STEM conversations and settings.