Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Science for All

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Science for All

Article excerpt

This issue of The Science Teacher (TST) marks our 18th consecutive annual spring issue devoted to the theme of "Science for All." It serves as an umbrella for ideas and strategies to narrow the academic achievement gaps associated with ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, physical disabilities, limited English-language proficiency, and learning differences. This goes right to the core of NSTA's mission, "to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all."

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Over the years, TST has published a wide range of articles in this important area. All told, the TST archives contain well over 100 articles on the "Science for All" theme. We have featured articles describing diabetes education in Native American tribal schools, ways to mitigate inequalities in underfunded schools, a Teen Parent Academy that allowed new mothers to continue their high school education, and an astronomy curriculum for visually impaired students. Other articles have offered ideas on teaching field ecology in a cultural context, creating a Family Science night for underrepresented populations, incorporating the contributions of Arab-Islamic scientists into history of science lessons, and using urban community gardens as a laboratory for scientific inquiry and cultural awareness. The current issue adds to this body of work, including an article on strategies for supporting students with disabilities in Advanced Placement Science courses (pp. 38-41) and two articles on teaching English language learners (pp. …

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