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What is Culturally Responsive Undergraduate STEM Teaching?

Culturally responsive undergraduate STEM teaching recognizes the importance of including all students' cultural perspectives and experiences – whether it is race, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, geographic location, institution type, ability status, religion, and/or language – in every aspect of learning and mastering core STEM content (Ladson-Billings,1994; Mack and Winter, 2015). This practice, when coupled with opportunities for students to engage in authentic scientific problem solving, work in diverse small groups, or contribute to cutting edge scientific discovery ensures that our nation diversifies its STEM enterprise and, thereby, preserves its global preeminence in science and technology.

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