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CREATE Science Seminar: Bryan Brown

February 5, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST

“The Meaning Beyond the Words: How Language, Race and Culture Impact Science Teaching and Learning”

This presentation explores how race, culture and language intersect to create the condition of contemporary learning. Through a sequence of research, this presentation explores the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of this dilemma. From a theoretical perspective, the talk will explore the Language-Identity dilemma. As students learn, the way academic language is taught to them can present a cognitive and culture conflict. The presentation provides an overview of a series of qualitative and quantitative experiments that document the realities of this complex interaction.

Light refreshments will be provided.


From 2014-2018, Brown served as the associate dean for student affairs in the graduate school. He joined Stanford University in 2004 after working on a post-doctoral fellowship at Michigan State University. His award-winning research focuses on improving urban science education. He focuses on exploring how language and identity impact urban students’ learning. Brown is a former high school science teacher who earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences 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. Currently, Brown leads the Science In The City Research Group. This group examines how technology can serve as a mediator between a monolingual and monocultural teaching force and the multilingual and multicultural student population.

This is part of the CREATE Seminar Series. Learn more. 


115 Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane
E. Lansing, MI 48824 United States
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