Inclusive Science

About the Issue

In recent years, momentum has been building at the national level and also within institutions of higher education to more explicitly incorporate inclusive practices in STEM teaching and learning, especially as these ideas apply to underrepresented and/or minoritized students. Research that informs inclusive practices spans multiple disciplinary areas including psychology, education, philosophy and sociology. Moreover, the literature on addressing inclusivity in the K-12 classrooms is extensive, presenting a significant opportunity to better leverage what is already known regarding the theory and practice of inclusion at the secondary education level in the context of higher education. While discipline-specific journals in these fields continue to further define what it means to be inclusive, literature that appropriately brings these studies to bear on STEM classrooms and makes it accessible to STEM instructors is more limited, highlighting a need for a centralized resource regarding inclusive practices in STEM disciplines. In this context, inclusivity is defined as strategies and pedagogies that consider the social and emotional aspects of academic engagement and success that otherwise limit or prevent students from having an equal opportunity to learn and overcome perceived, implied, and realized limitations. Manuscripts that address the theory and pedagogical application of inclusion, how inclusive practices are applied in specific contexts, and how other disciplines (including the humanities) can help evolve STEM inclusion in a meaningful way are especially encouraged.

 The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) is pleased to announce a Call for Manuscripts for an Inclusive Science themed issue to explore the following topics:

> Institutional change towards a more inclusive climate
> Pedagogical innovations pertaining to inclusion.
> Entry points into the research and practice of inclusion
> The incorporation of additional disciplines and perspectives into the practice of STEM inclusion (e.g. education research, interdisciplinary approaches, K-12 models, psychological research, education history)
> Faculty change, mindsets, and journeys related to inclusive teaching.

The themed issue will be managed by JMBE's Theme Issue Editor and organized and peer-reviewed by a team of Guest Editors whose expertise covers a wide range of science education practice and research. The issue will be published in spring 2020.

Research articles, perspective pieces, activities and tools, and reviews of resources related to inclusive science are welcome. Learn more about the submission requirements at asmscience.org/jmbe. To be considered for the issue, all manuscripts must be submitted by October 1, 2019.

Meet the Editors

Bryan Dewsbury is an Assistant Professor Biology at the University of Rhode Island. He teaches Principles of Biology I, a problem-solving course called 'What's the big idea?', and a curriculum design course for graduate students. He is the Principal Investigator of the Science Education And Society research program.

Laura MacDonald is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Hendrix College. She teaches Cell Biology, Advanced Cell Biology, and Cancer Biology and is the Principle Investigator of the Hendrix College STEM Scholars program.

Jana Marcette is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Honors College Director at Harris-Stowe State University. She teaches Biology Survey and Microbiology for undergraduates. She is a founding member of the Inclusive Environments and Metrics in Biology Education and Research (iEMBER) national network, and Principal Investigator of the HBCU-UP Targeted Infusion Project-Bio-BOOST program.

Miriam Segura-Totten is the JMBE Theme Issue Editor and Professor of Biology and the Harry B. Forester Eminent Scholars Chair at the University of North Georgia.


All author resources and step-by-step instructions on how to submit a paper can be found on JMBE's submission site.

Wondering about JMBE's other themed issues? Visit the Themed Issues page for a list.

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