Welcome to Science and Social Justice!

I am a 6th grade Earth Science teacher at a public school in the Atlanta area and have always felt the need for social issues in whatever you teach. While certain aspects of teaching science are easy to link human and environmental rights, it is not always easy to do so without support and access to the multitude of resources that are out there. I can find many resources for subjects like social studies and even math, but an extensive list for science is not as easy to come by. I hope that this page will be a good start in getting these resources organized (so I can better use them during the school year!) and that you will email MAPS if you have any other resources I should add to this!

Science Educators Unite!

Why Science and Social Justice?


Science websites
Green Teacher magazine
One minute to save the earth video
Atlanta Science Tavern for nonscientists to discuss current issues.

Science curiculum/activities/sources
Sharing Nature with Children- Joseph Cornell
A People's History of Science- Clifford D. Conner
Climate Change lessons from Rethinking Schools
"How to be a Climate Hero" by Audrey Schulman

Free video
Paradise Lost : global warming in island nations

Science pedagogy
  1. Calabrese Barton, A. & Tan, E. (in press). The new green roof: Activism, Science and Greening the Community. Journal of Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. Accepted June 2010.
  2. Calabrese Barton, A. & Tan, E. (2010). We be burnin: Agency, Identity and Learning in a Green Energy Program. Journal of the Learning Sciences. 19(2), 187-229.
  3. Calabrese Barton, A. & Upadhyay, B. (2010). Teaching and learning science for social justice: An Introduction to the special issue. Equity & Excellence in Education, 43(1), 1-5.
  4. Tan, E. & Calabrese Barton, A. (2010). Transforming science learning and student participation in 6th grade science: A case study of an urban minority classroom. Equity & Excellence in Education, 43(1), 38-55.
  5. Calabrese Barton, A. & Tan, Ed. (2009). Funds of knowledge, discourses and hybrid space. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 46(1), 50-73.
  6. Calabrese Barton, A., Tan, E. & Rivet A. (2008). Creating hybrid spaces for engaging school science among urban middle school girls. American Education Research Journal. 45, 68-103.
  7. Tan, E. & Calabrese Barton A. (2008). From peripheral to central, the story of Melanie’s metamorphosis in an urban middle school science class. Science Education 92(4),567-590.
  8. Tan, E. & Calabrese Barton A. (2008). Unpacking science for all through the lens of identities-in-practice. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 3, 43-71.
  9. Koch, P., Calabrese Barton, A. & Whittaker, R. (2007). Choice, Control and Change: Using scientific evidence to promote healthful food and activity choice. Science Scope, 31(3), 16-19.

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