With instructor Elizabeth Cavicchi and other student participants, you will develop, trial, and research educational experiences that spark learners’ curiosity and awareness, together building new space for social justice in ourselves, our science education, and our surroundings. Trial experiences will be conducted among participants who are remote from each other. Remotely communicating learners will include: university students (and a minor student) in existing MIT seminar EC.050/090 [Re-Create Experiments from History: Inform the Future from the Past]; a writing group of former EC.050/090 students; and high school student participants in the Edgerton Center research collaboration. Trial experiences are exploratory for everyone –you, instructor, and the learners. Through being in the unknown, and staying with our uncertainty, discomfort and unsettlement, we support each other to listen and express vulnerability, questioning and trust. Deep collaboration comes about on the matters of science, education, and social justice that emerge in the experiences we share and seek to re-create in ways that do not oppress others. Your research and communicating of our teaching and learning in these experiences continues the interrelating of action, reflection and education.
The participant will:
- Complete training required for working with minors and human subject training; including attending MIT workshops on mentoring, teaching, and learning.
- Read/view materials relating to: racial justice, antiracism, liberatory pedagogy, social justice ground rules, science, science history, indigenous peoples; research sources’ background; and contact groups at MIT (or beyond) that support black and minority experience. From these, discuss with instructor and select passages/links/contacts
- Assist in:
- Preparing materials [ selected readings/links and kits of science/physical materials];
- Composing activity and reflection assignments; and
- Posting/ distributing these to learners
- Try out teaching activities [with instructor and on your own] activities, discussions and reflections that involve learners [who are remote from you and each other]; science and social justice materials; those who endure oppression and others of the past
- Meet regularly (virtually) with instructor and research collaborators, and communicate by email.
- Read and respond to learners: their reflections, feedback, concerns, emails, logistics, questions...
- Conduct your trial teaching activities as a research process: document, record, summarize, interview, discuss, reflect