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Keynote Presenter and Sessions

Keynote Presenter Biography - Dr. Bryan Dewsbury

Image Dr. Bryan DewsburyI am the Principal Investigator of the SEAS (Science Education And Society) Research program. Here, we focus on questions relating to identity constructs, bias, relationships, and the effects of those variables on learning in students (K-PhD). More specifically I am interested in how students (especially those in underrepresented groups) develop perceptions of the world and others, and how these perceptions might in turn affect their engagement with science content, career choices, and ultimately their academic performance. Central to the formation of these constructs are the presence of hidden biases, stereotype threat, and mindset. I use a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to deduce the effects of these forces, and partner with local schools and URI to implement interventions that have proven to be effective. Ultimately I am interested in helping to re-frame the education discussion to better address questions of equity and community-building, with the belief that the solutions to these are equally important to student exposure to content. In the process, my work addresses pressing issues such as student retention in STEM fields (especially in higher ed), the under-representation of minority groups in certain STEM fields, and the role of affect domain in student learning gains. I also use the results of our efforts to develop curricula that are more inclusive of these new understandings of what makes students successful. 

Keynote Session: The Promise and Practice of Inclusive Pedagogy

In this talk, we will take a look at the philosophical and sociopsychological underpinnings of inclusive teaching in the classroom. Using a Freirean lens, we will discuss how a dialogic approach to teaching transforms the classroom into a more authentic human experience, and its implications for student success and their own journeys to finding meaning and purpose.

Workshop Session: A Chance at Birth

Using a personal, reflective activity, we unpack how power and privilege manifest themselves within the classroom and broader educational context. We will use these reflections to identify and discuss strategies of equity we can consider within our practice.