Episode 060: Science in the City with Dr. Bryan Brown

ngss science in the city Jan 02, 2020

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Meet Dr. Bryan Brown, an associate professor of science education at Stanford University. His work focuses on improving urban science education focusing on exploring how language and identity impact urban students’ learning. His book, Science in the City, was recently published and expands on the ideas on how science education can flourish if it is connected to students’ backgrounds, identities, language, and culture.

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Show Highlights

  • 01:00 - 07:00    Introduction to Dr. Brown and his research
  • 07:00 - 11:30    Strategies for creating new language norms in the classroom
  • 11:30 - 16:30    More about Dr. Brown's book Science in the City and how it connects to NGSS
  • 16:30 - 20:00    How to connect scientific phenomena to cultural contexts 
  • 20:00 - 23:00    Science in the City summer camp
  • 23:00 - 35:00    Dr. Brown's advice for teachers

 Show Quotes 

"If the culture of the classroom context is that only people with right answers will speak, then it really undermines the whole learning process. So in this aggregate instruction, we ask that teachers start by making sure the big ideas are clear and simple, and then you make sure your students have lots of opportunities to explain using the scientific language."  [06:25-06:45] Dr. Bryan Brown

"I always feel like policy makers underestimate what they're asking teachers to do." [14:00 - 14:15] Dr. Bryan Brown

"A talkative classroom where children are able to talk about what they know is a healthy classroom. If classroom management means keeping the kids quite, then you're going to ensure that no one in learning." [23:00 - 23:15] Dr. Bryan Brown




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