I am in the process of writing a conceptual framework for a research capstone that’s focused on inclusion, belonging, and self-identity as a scientist in the science classroom. As such, I am reading a lot of good literature and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you! Feel free to comment below if you have other suggestions of literature on this topic that you’d like to share.
Make Me: Understanding and Engaging Student Resistance in School
This book by Eric Toshalis was recommended to me through a friend who works in special education – it’s a fabulous read on the political, social, psychological, and pedagogical foundations that lead to student resistance in the classroom – and how to work with that resistance in a productive way that centers students’ desires and agency.
feminist theory: from margin to center
I’ve used the analogy of margin and center for years now, without ever having taken the time to read this classic of intersectional feminism. bell hooks is a brilliant and prophetic author, whose work has paved the way for more inclusive spaces within feminism for a multitude of underrepresented voices.
Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
I read this book as a young teacher, and it informed the way I think about framing lessons and communicating with students and parents in a way that is clear and holds all students to high expectations. Rereading it now after teaching for 5 years provides new levels of depth and meaning – and is an important reminder of the ways I have not been holding myself to a high enough standard in scaffolding teaching and communication to include all of my students. Lisa Delpit also has an awesome book that I just started called “Multiplication is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children” and I was almost late for work on Friday because I couldn’t put it down!
Small World: Constructing an Inclusive Classroom (No Matter What You Teach)
This article by Mary Armstrong creates an easy-to-read and follow framework for thinking about constructing an inclusive classroom space. I think it would be a great read for a group of teachers trying to think about inclusive curriculum/classroom practices, even if some of them are thinking about that for the first time. I didn’t want to lose track of it, so I’m putting it here 🙂
Creating Inclusive College Classrooms
This article, by Shari Saunders and Diana Kardia at the University of Michigan, outlines a number of interventions and techniques for constructing inclusive classrooms at the undergraduate level. It brought up a number of memories for me about ways in which my college classrooms were mostly constructed in a way that felt exclusive and hard to access… and also raised questions about what the equivalent practices might look like in middle school. Really excellent read if you’re interested in thinking through what a number of researchers have put together for thinking about inclusion on an institutional level.