A Just World: Reimagining an Anti-Racist Pedagogy for STEM Futures | Jan 2023


As part of the MET Anti-Racism Speaker Series

January 24, 2023 | 5:00-6:00pm PST | Online via Zoom

This session will share some pedagogical ideas for teaching social justice, ecojustice, and anti-racism within a STEM context through utilizing equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist educational technology tools. This session will use a constructivist approach towards sense-making and knowledge construction while reimagining a STEM/STEAM future that reconsiders the nature of science. Western and Eurocentric epistemologies that have defined the nature of science for so long will be addressed by exploring the kinds of pedagogical strategies that invite multiple perspectives from the diversity of your students. Dr. Ibrahim will specifically share examples from a first-year undergraduate course called Critical Thinking for STEM Learning to explore her pedagogical decisions and their outcomes.

 

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Dr. Sheliza Ibrahim

Dr. Sheliza Ibrahim is an Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto in the Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy. She holds a Ph.D. in Science Education from York University, an MSc in Science Communication from Queen’s University Belfast, and a Hons. BSc. in Biology from the University of Toronto. She has taught and conducted research in the field of Mathematics Education & Science Education, examining pedagogical approaches that support traditional ecological knowledge, reinhabiting place, and critical awareness of the nature of science & mathematics.

Currently, her research focuses on higher education and the design of socially just practices in the field of numeracy and other STEM fields and conducts various international research projects across the Caribbean with a focus on university pedagogy. She also works in partnership with the Faculty of Medicine at UTM to support student achievement. Her teaching includes; Numeracy for University and Beyond, Critical Thinking for STEM Learning & The Science of Learning. Sheliza’s teaching practice and research is informed by place-based learning, culturally responsive pedagogy, knowledge mobilization, environmental studies, social justice education, enactivism, conscientization, computational thinking, numeracy, and cognition.