chapter  7
28 Pages

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

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.