Bryan A. Brown Recognized with AACTE Book Award for Science in the City: Culturally Relevant STEM Education
AACTE is pleased to announce Bryan A. Brown’s Science in the City: Culturally Relevant STEM Education, as the recipient of the 2021 AACTE Outstanding Book Award. Brown is being presented with the award at today’s virtual AACTE 73rd Annual Meeting Awards Forum.
Science in the City: Culturally Relevant STEM Education, published by Harvard Education Press in 2019, examines how language and culture impact effective science teaching. In the book, Brown argues that teachers need to understand how cultural issues intersect with the fundamental principles of learning, and that science education can thrive if it is connected to students’ culture, backgrounds, identities, and language.
The AACTE Outstanding Book Award is given annually to recognize a book that makes a significant contribution to the knowledge base of educator preparation. Overseen by the AACTE Committee on Research and Dissemination, this award honors publications that offer a fresh lens on current assumptions or practices, reorient thinking in the field, and show potential for significant impact on policy or practice in educator preparation. The committee selected Science in the City: Culturally Relevant STEM Education for the AACTE Outstanding Book Award because of its “thoughtful, vital, and specific focus on dialect and language in the classroom. The book covers relevant pedagogies and provides actionable strategies that would be useful to practitioners in delivering science instruction. It is also highly relevant to the profession and presents information in a non-scientific manner, making it both accessible and meaningful.”
Brown is an associate professor of science education and former associate dean at Stanford University. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Hampton University, a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of California, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work focuses on the role of language in science teaching and learning and how race, technology, language and culture impact science teaching in urban schools.
As the leading voice on educator preparation, AACTE represents educators throughout the United States who advance our profession through innovation, high standards, and leadership. “For 25 years, AACTE has honored its member institutions, leaders, and individuals who make bold, exceptional, and revolutionary contributions to our field,” said Lynn M. Gangone, AACTE president and CEO. “As the recipient of the 2021 AACTE Book Award, Dr. Brown perfectly illustrates the continuing need for educators to bridge the gap between students’ culture and the classroom. It is a pleasure to recognize him at the Awards Forum during our 73rd Annual Meeting.”