The complex nature of equitable STEM instruction : emotion, cognition, and constraints

dc.contributor.advisorCallahan, Rebecca M.
dc.contributor.advisorRiegle-Crumb, Catherine
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKeating, Xiaofen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSampson, Victor
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTreisman, Uri
dc.creatorWelch-Ptak, Jasmine Joy
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-0958-1644
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-17T22:43:46Z
dc.date.available2022-09-17T22:43:46Z
dc.date.created2019-08
dc.date.issued2019-08-19
dc.date.submittedAugust 2019
dc.date.updated2022-09-17T22:43:47Z
dc.description.abstractEquitable STEM instruction aims to alleviate the perpetual achievement gap by ensuring students have access to multiple opportunities to engage in rich inquiry-based activities and content-specific discourse practices. The three studies in this dissertation explore the complexity inherent to the implementation of such equitable practices in the current high-stakes accountability context. With the first analytic chapter, I seek to draw attention to the negative emotions that emerge during open-ended activity, and the need to identify specific pedagogical practices that can normalize difficulty and persistence as a necessary part of learning. I suggest interested practitioners integrate the straightforward approach I highlight in this chapter into any instructional innovation. However, in my second analytic chapter I present a multi-site case study of the challenges teachers at two distinct school sites report to impede their implementation of curricular innovations. Although the two sites look very different in terms of student and teacher demographics, teachers at both sites report similar challenges to implementation. The third and final, analytic chapter is a quantitative survey analysis I conducted that examines one of the key challenges reported: teacher efficacy. Specifically, my study explores differences in preservice teachers’ teaching efficacy for culturally and linguistically diverse students in STEM contexts based on their pedagogical preparation and personal linguistic background. Findings from the three studies have potential implications for education policy, practice, teacher preparation, and research
dc.description.departmentScience, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/115784
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/42682
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectSTEM
dc.subjectElementary education
dc.subjectEquity
dc.subjectInstruction
dc.subjectChallenges
dc.subjectEmotion
dc.subjectAffect
dc.subjectEfficacy
dc.subjectPreservice teachers
dc.titleThe complex nature of equitable STEM instruction : emotion, cognition, and constraints
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentScience, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education
thesis.degree.disciplineScience, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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