This website was created to share resources on multicultural education in the biology classroom. Here, you will find more general resources on multicultural education in science alongside specific biology examples. The ultimate goal of a multicultural classroom is to include perspectives and contributions that many cultures bring to biology while also acknowledging the interface of social and cultural issues with science.
Under the "General Guidelines for a Multicultural Classroom," there are 5 steps to help an educator introduce a multicultural perspective into the classroom. These steps were adapted from the work of Paul Gorski and James Banks. The steps can be followed in order but do not have to be.
Under "Research," you will find information from the primary literature that supports the importance of a multicultural classroom. This research is a small summary of the capstone project done by the author to fulfill her Master of Arts in Teaching.
The "Resources" tab contains several different resources to aid teachers in creating a multicultural classroom. Under "Biology Lesson Plans," there is one complete unit plan on Wolves in the Wild, including a culminating project. There are also links to some published lesson plans. "Biology Topics" contains both general links to other websites about specific people and topical resources. Under each topic (genetics, ecology, evolution, and health), there are several examples of multicultural, social topics that can be taught in the biology classroom. Each example has links to further information to help teachers formulate lesson plans. Finally, "General Science Resources" contains links to books and databases. The databases contain case studies and lesson plans, and several examples useful for a multicultural classroom are highlighted.
Thank you for visiting. Please do not hesitate to contact me, Leah Inman, if you have questions, ideas, or lessons to share. My email is lapenn [at] gmail dot com.