Diversity and equity for Asian American students in science education

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Abstract

Asian American students have been described as a "model minority" for their academic achievements, particularly in the natural sciences and related fields. The model minority label, however, has serious flaws and masks the learning needs of many students. This article addresses issues of diversity and equity with Asian American students in science education. The article first describes barriers as well as promising practices in science learning with Asian American students. Then, current science education reform and its implications for Asian American students are discussed. Finally, equity agenda with Asian American students in science education are proposed. In contrast to a sizable body of research on achievement tests and attitude surveys, the literature provides little specific information about effective instructional practices or programs with the Asian American student population. Science educators need to look beyond stereotypes for a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of Asian American students for science achievement, as well as ways to enhance their social and emotional adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-122
Number of pages16
JournalScience Education
Volume81
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1997

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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