2017 Hellman Fellow
Assistant Professor, Education
Project Title: Promoting complex thinking for under-represented youths in science classrooms by improving a local STEM instruction system
The call for educating the future citizen who can engage in complex thinking is greater than ever. This project explores whether and how deliberately coordinated activities that facilitate the collaboration of multiple actors in a local STEM instruction system can promote youth’s complex thinking in science classrooms at two high-need schools that serve under-represented communities. Specifically, Kang designs a summer inclusive STEM teaching workshop that facilitates the collaboration among science teachers, science teacher educators, and scientists to produce two sets of inclusive curriculum that promotes complex thinking in STEM for youth from under-represented communities; and study its impact on teachers’ instructional capacity and the youth’s advancement of thinking.