"Early STEM Learning and Culturally Relevant Practices in STEM Education for Diverse Students and Families"
SRCD 2019 Biennial Conference
March 21-23, 2019
Title: Early STEM Learning and Culturally Relevant Practices in STEM Education for Diverse Students and Families
Session: Engaging Diverse Students in Early STEM Learning
Authors: Andres Bustamante
Abstract: This conversation roundtable will bring together experts whose work focuses on increasing high quality Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in ways that lend access to culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Rich STEM experiences are increasingly linked to beneficial outcomes across learning domains for all students, including Dual Language Learners (DLLs) (Lee, 2005; Morgan et al., 2016; Watts et al., 2014). Considering the cultural and linguistic diversity of students served by early childhood programs (Friedman-Krauss et al., 2018; Matthews & Ewen, 2005), it is imperative to build on all children’s backgrounds and funds of knowledge to engage them in meaningful STEM experiences. Further, STEM’s foundation in inquiry and experimentation provides a unique platform for learning that is authentic to the child’s prior experience and that allows engagement independent of English proficiency or prior background.
The scholars will draw on their work to discuss STEM as a pathway to accessible and effective early learning curricula, current efforts and obstacles, and future directions for creating science and math-based education that supports learners from all backgrounds.