Focusing on Cultural Competency in STEM Education

June 21st, 2017 | RESEARCH

The U.S. Education system is becoming more and more diverse and educators must adapt to continue to be effective. Educators must embrace the diversity of language, color, and history that comprises the typical classroom; this means becoming culturally competent. In doing so, comes with it the prospect of using culture to enhance the learning experience for students and the educator. Although the process of becoming culturally competent can be outlined, the realization of a culturally competent educator depends on changing one’s own perceptions and beliefs. The need for cultural competency and the spectrum of cultural competency are explained, and practical activities are provided to aid the educator in creating a culturally active learning environment.

Teachers and educators need to see culturally relevant teaching to support the needs of culturally diverse student populations.



Team Members

Alicia Santiago, Author, Twin Cities PBS


Access and Inclusion: English Language Learners | Ethnic | Racial | Women and Girls
Audience: Administration | Leadership | Policymakers | Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science
Resource Type: Reference Materials | Report
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Public Programs