Culturally Responsive Mentor Teacher Professional Development: Hawaiian Girls STEM Camp for Social Change – Dr Tara Nkrumah

Dr Tara Nkrumah of Arizona State University, United States, has been announced as the second Spotlight Speaker at The 7th IAFOR International Conference on Education in Hawaii (IICE2022), with her presentation titled “Culturally Responsive Mentor Teacher Professional Development: Hawaiian Girls STEM Camp for Social Change”.

Presentations are given Spotlight status when they are decided by the Organising Committee to have wide appeal and are of particular interest to academics within the field of education.

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IICE2022 will be held alongside The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities in Hawaii (IICAH2022). Registration for either conference will allow delegates to attend sessions in the other.

The presentation will also be available for IAFOR Members to view online. To find out more, please visit the IAFOR Membership page.

IAFOR Journal of Education (Scopus Indexed Journal)

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Culturally Responsive Mentor Teacher Professional Development: Hawaiian Girls STEM Camp for Social Change

STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) culturally responsive professional development for summer camp mentor teachers of Hawaiian high school girls and its influence on pedagogy is not well known. The purpose of the study is to explore how mentor teachers, during a week-long residential STEM camp, apply culturally responsive practices while interacting and facilitating discussions with high school girls in Hawaii. Through mixed methods, researchers engage in post-surveys, and focus group interviews with an emphasis on emboldening Hawaiian high school girls in STEM, a study grounded in culturally relevant pedagogy. Results from the five mentor teachers show changes in understandings about the influence of culturally responsive practices on relationship building and dialogue with Hawaiian high school girls from diverse backgrounds. The finding reveals that culturally responsive professional development bolsters teacher skills to merge critical dialogue on STEM content and social barriers for Hawaiian high school girls in STEM education to promote social change. This study demonstrates a link between culturally responsive professional development and teacher ability to cultivate student awareness of barriers for Hawaiian high school girls in STEM education unrelated to insufficient content knowledge that promotes student activism. The implication of this finding suggests that the mentor teacher preparation model utilized at STEM camps for Hawaiian high school girls increases participation and action-oriented outcomes against social inequity.

Speaker Profile

Dr Tara Nkrumah

Arizona State University, United States

Tara Nkrumah PhDTara Nkrumah, PhD is an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology at Arizona State University, United States. Her research agenda centers on equitable teaching practices for anti-oppressive discourse in education and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She uses Theatre of the Oppressed to explore culturally relevant/responsive leadership and pedagogy in science education and explores how socio-political discourse flows through popular culture (i.e., entertainment media) to frame the public perception about science education for underrepresented groups in general, Black girls and women in particular, and their access to STEM careers. Her work is published in the International Review of Qualitative Research, Cultural Studies in Science Education, The Science Teacher, Journal of Language and Literacy, Pedagogy of the Oppressed Journal, and Teachers College Record.

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