• Culturally responsive STEAM education

    Culturally responsive STEAM education


With increasing awareness of the need for an inclusive curriculum across all educational subjects, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education, in particular, is in huge need of contemporising itself in relation to an epistemologically diverse landscape. Discourses concerning the culturally sensitive nature of STEAM education have been thrown into the public sphere following the Covid-19 pandemic, the subsequent availability of vaccination programmes, and worldwide responses to the climate change crisis. The adverse effects of these phenomena are experienced disproportionately across different communities, with countries of the global majority less likely to receive vaccination resources, more prone to rising sea levels and less protected against the effects of droughts, fires and floods. The classroom is not immune to this discourse. Arguably, STEAM education is in danger of remaining in a homogenous cultural bubble that ultimately serves to exclude learners and teachers who see themselves as part of more diverse worlds.

The articles in this special feature bring together high quality conceptual and empirical papers that build on the pioneering work of earlier researchers in highlighting the affordances, challenges and barriers in culturally responsive pedagogies, while at the same time giving a voice to those on the fringes of mainstream STEAM education. 

Publication date: From August 2023 (on-going). 



Guest Editors

Dr Wilton LodgeIOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, UCL, UK.
Dr Alexis StonesIOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, UCL, UK.



Article list 


Research article


Culturally responsive teaching through primary science in Aotearoa New Zealand

Steven S. Sexton

2024-02-20 Volume 22 • Issue 1 • 2024

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Special feature: Culturally responsive STEAM education

Towards justice-oriented science teaching: examining the impact of the science capital teaching approach on teachers

Meghna Nag Chowdhuri, Heather King, Spela Godec and Louise Archer

2023-11-28 Volume 21 • Issue 1 • 2023

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Special feature: Culturally responsive STEAM education

Socioscientific modelling as an approach towards justice-centred science pedagogy

Rebecca R. Lesnefsky, Eric A. Kirk, Jasmyne Yeldell, Troy D. Sadler and Li Ke

2023-08-29 Volume 21 • Issue 1 • 2023

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Special feature: Culturally responsive STEAM education

‘STEAM success stories’: refocusing the framework of intersectionality

Saima Salehjee and Mike Watts

2023-09-14 Volume 21 • Issue 1 • 2023

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Special feature: Culturally responsive STEAM education

Applying the principles of culturally sustaining pedagogy to a model for justice-oriented school science pedagogy in England: the science capital teaching approach

Louise Archer, Heather King, Spela Godec and Meghna Nag Chowdhuri

2024-03-12 Volume 22 • Issue 1 • 2024

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Special feature: Culturally responsive STEAM education

Towards a gendered STEAM education approach: building a comprehensive model to strengthen girls’ and students with non-conforming gender identities’ STEAM trajectories in Chilean public schools

Pamela Soto, Verónica López, Paulina Bravo, Carolina Urbina, Teresa Báez, Fernanda Acum, Rebecca Ipinza, Jennifer Venegas, Juan Carlos Jeldes, Corina González, Sebastián Lepe and Jorge González

2024-03-05 Volume 22 • Issue 1 • 2024

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Special feature: Culturally responsive STEAM education

Islamic Scientific Critical Consciousness as a theoretical framework for Muslim science educators

Usama Javed Mirza

2024-03-26 Volume 22 • Issue 1 • 2024

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Special feature: Culturally responsive STEAM education

Using the family resemblance approach to inform STEAM education

Sibel Erduran and Kason Ka Ching Cheung

2024-04-03 Volume 22 • Issue 1 • 2024

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Special feature: Culturally responsive STEAM education

Developing teachers’ cultural competencies through co-design of robot-coding mathematics activities for Latinx and Black elementary school students

Irina Lyublinskaya, Sandra Okita, Erica Walker and Xiaoheng (Kitty) Yan

2024-04-09 Volume 22 • Issue 1 • 2024

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Special feature: Culturally responsive STEAM education

A framework for investigating immigrant students’ attitudes towards science, exemplified with data from Turkish families

Havva Görkem Altunbas, Marian Mulcahy and Michael J Reiss

2024-04-30 Volume 22 • Issue 1 • 2024

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Special feature: Culturally responsive STEAM education

Cross-cultural examination of 3D modelling and 3D printing in STEAM education: comparing results from teachers in Montenegro and Austria

Eva Ulbrich, Marjorie Da Cruz, Branko Anđić, Mathias Tejera, Noah Thierry Dana-Picard and Zsolt Lavicza

2024-04-23 Volume 22 • Issue 1 • 2024

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Review article


The sociopolitical turn in mathematics education and decolonial theory

Jairo I. Fúnez-Flores, Weverton Ataide Pinheiro, Aixa Ávila Mendoza, Rebekah Phelps and Elyssa Cherry Shive

2024-05-07 Volume 22 • Issue 1 • 2024

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Special feature: Culturally responsive STEAM education