Quentin Sedlacek, Ph.D.
I serve as an Assistant Professor of STEM Education at the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University.
Scientific knowledge can be profoundly empowering. However, science education can often be profoundly disempowering, particularly for students with historically marginalized racial, ethnic, and gender identities. My research and teaching seek to address this injustice by examining teachers' sensemaking: how educators in science and other disciplines make sense of information about students and about pedagogical practices; how this sensemaking is shaped by ideologies of language, race, and nation; and how teacher education can help science teachers to learn and implement pedagogies that support students' pursuit of personal and collective empowerment.
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