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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.468 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Imprimer: 1072-8325
ISSN En ligne: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v12.i2-3.70
pages 233-252

ISSUES OF EQUITY: A SYNTHESIS OF LITERATURE RELEVANT TO SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS CLASSROOMS

Lynn Liao Hodge
The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, The University of Tennessee, Claxton Complex, Knoxville, TN 37996

RÉSUMÉ

This paper presents a conceptual analysis of equity research from the perspective of instructional design and teaching in science, engineering, and mathematics classrooms. In doing so, the paper highlights key studies in equity research that are relevant to these specific content areas and more equitable teaching practices. Two lines of research emerge from the conceptual analysis: one reflecting a cultural differences orientation and the other reflecting a theme of resistance. Both make significant contributions in understanding the dynamics of equity in classrooms. At the same time, both lines present issues, dilemmas, and contested areas that demand clarification and reflection. This paper clarifies these issues and presents the strengths and weaknesses of both lines of research in terms of science, engineering, and mathematics classrooms.