Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Attracting diverse populations of students, and appreciating the value that diversity brings to engineering colleges and to employers is important. To develop the talent of aspiring, diverse students, it is critical to reflect on the pedagogies used in engineering classrooms and how those practices meet learning needs of diverse students.
CRP empowers students intellectually, socially and emotionally by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills and attitudes.
Our presenters will introduce CRP as a pedagogical tool for use in the college setting to better reach and teach traditionally under-represented minority STEM college students. CRP will be particularly interesting to engineering colleges committed to the success of their diverse student populations. Target audiences include:
- Faculty members
- Curriculum committee members
- College administrators
- College diversity, retention, or student success staff members
Dr. Rose Pringle, Associate Professor of Science Education,College of Education, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Pringle explores effective science instruction, culturally relevant pedagogy, and pedagogical content knowledge as frameworks for equitable inquiry-based science experiences for all learners. Of particular interest is Dr. Pringle's quest to increase the STEM participation of underrepresented minorities, especially girls of African descent. Dr. Pringle is currently funded to examine how teachers adjust their pedagogy to accommodate the range of diverse learners in their classrooms.
Lily Gossage Director, Maximizing Engineering Potential, California State Polytechnic University
Ms. Gossage studies and evaluates academic practices and trends that hinder student success and timely graduation. She develops college- and institutional-level proposals to enhance engineering student success. She has a special interest in research and programming related to women in engineering. As founder of the Women-in-Engineering Outreach Program at CSULB, she has developed/co-developed advocacy programs for girls since 2001. She also serves as a campus coordinator for the annual Women of Color STEM conference and on the WEPAN Board of Directors.