STEM Teacher Training Network of the Netherlands

Inclusive Science Teaching Workshop

Inclusive Science Teaching

Are you interested in equity, diversity and inclusion in education? Have you experienced challenges in your teaching regarding these topics?

This USO funded workshop will provide the space to share own personal experiences and doubts, jointly discuss different approaches to tackle EDI aspects in the field of science teaching and gain a better understanding of what is at stake when it comes to equity in education. The two-sessions workshop intends to empower teachers from the Faculty of Science to embrace inclusive teaching as an ongoing process that does not take place overnight but rather is a cycle that involves reflection and comes from a genuine place. 

Upcoming Workshop Dates 2022-2023

Cycle 1- Online Workshop

Session 1 Monday 9th January- 15h to 17h

Session 2 Monday 30th January- 15h to 17h

Cycle 2- Workshop on location at the Buys Ballotgebouw

Session 1 Wednesday 22nd February- 11h to 13h

Session 2 Wednesday 15th March- 11h to 13h

If you are interested in participating in these (free) workshops, please send an email to a.l.bilinskitorres@uu.nl (Aitana BILINSKI).

If you are interested but are unable to make it in those dates, please send us with your availability. More dates will be scheduled soon.
Project members: Arthur Bakker, Aitana Bilinski, Miriam de Boer, Abigail Nieves Delgado and Chahida Bouhamou.

Abstract

This UU workshop (“USO” funded) will provide the space to share own personal experiences and doubts, jointly discuss different approaches to tackle Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) aspects in the field of science teaching and gain a better understanding of what is at stake when it comes to equity in education. The two-part workshop intends to empower teachers from the Faculty of Science to embrace inclusive teaching as an ongoing process that does not take place overnight but rather is a cycle that involves reflection and comes from a genuine place.

Inclusive science teaching (Video 2022 about the pilot Workshop (Samar Khan, Eleanor Rowan, Aitana Bilinski).Staff and students of the Freudenthal Institute have designed a workshop to help science teachers reflect on, and reorient, their teaching practices. Here is what a couple of pilot group members have to say about it.

Abstract

An international, interdisciplinary team is developing a workshop on inclusive teaching in a STEM setting specifically for the Faculty of Science.
This workshop will be available to all lecturers in the Faculty of Science with an interest in developing their skills and knowledge in the area of inclusive Science teaching. The two-part workshop will include a personal development homework project to complete and reflect on in the second session.
We are developing a workshop to empower teachers from the faculty to embrace inclusive teaching as an ongoing process that does not take place overnight but rather is a cycle that involves reflection and comes from a genuine place. With this workshop we wish to instil confidence and motivation for teachers to practice more inclusive teaching.

Background

Diversity and inclusion are key challenges for Science education in the 21st century. The Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) committee of the Faculty of Science has so far focused on gender issues for personnel, and offers trainings on bias in recruitment. These initiatives are very important. However, the international literature indicates that teaching is also an important part of inclusive education, and that the challenges are to an extent specific to mathematics, computer science, the natural and life sciences (e.g., Avraamidou, 2020; Solomon, 2007). This workshop is therefore intended to build on existing initiatives and support the formation of a community of practice within the faculty, defining and practising inclusive Science education in the Dutch context.

Freudenthal Institute Teachers Collaborating for the Inclusive Science Teaching Workshop

On November 23rd, 2021, 15 teachers from the Freudenthal Institute joined us for a discussion around ‘Inclusive Science Teaching’. Central sheets in this meeting were:

the timeline:

 

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Projects

  • MaSDiV (european project on diversity in science/mathematics)

2022-2023

  • Arthur Bakker
  • Aitana Bilinski
  • Miriam de Boer
  • Abigail Nieves Delgado
  • Chahida Bouhamou

2020-2022

  • Arthur Bakker
  • Aitana Bilinski
  • Miriam de Boer
  • Vincent Jonker
  • Samar Khan
  • Eleanor Rowan

The project is supported with money from the Utrecht Education Stimulation Foundation (USO), Utrecht University