Democratic STEM Teaching Framework

Understanding Democratic STEM Teaching Student Voice Shared and Transformational Authority Critical STEM Literacy
Democracy applied to science pedagogy Students have a right to free speech: the right to debate and question competing ideas, using evidence Teachers acknowledge and leverage student intellectual property - “funds of knowledge” and prior science knowledge. Students have choice in what they learn and how they extend and apply their science knowledge Marginalized students move towards the center of science classrooms and engage in critical subject agency – becoming subject matter experts who leverage their knowledge for small- and large-scale change
Operationalizing democratic science teaching in classrooms How, when, how often and why students express voice, especially as evidence-based opinion, and how and when teachers leverage this voice When, how and how often curriculum is situated in students’ life experiences, home life, background and cultural/social identities.
Numbers and types of choices available to students in their science classrooms
How, when and how often students investigate science and science education from a “critical” lens, demonstrate subject-matter expertise and engagement and leverage these to reflect and act on injustice in their lives