K/D Community Inquiry Project is a four-year program where students engage in community-based research that incorporates the socio-political aspects of science. Our culture, identity, and past serve as the foundation for scientific inquiry (in health, climate, technology, etc).
Develop a teaching/learning framework that sustains cross curricular collaboration amongst K/D faculty and community partners.
Design a four year community-based science curriculum that integrates the historical, cultural, and socio-political aspects of science.
Support student-driven inquiries and the development of community-based projects.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the timeline?
The complete rotation of the Community Inquiry project is 4 years long. Every student on campus will begin with completing Year 1. The timeline is composed of:
Year 1: Identity & Community (implementing)
Year 2: Research Design (piloting)
Year 3: Analysis & Evaluation (~2024-2025)
Year 4: Spread the Word & Publish (~2025-2026)
Why is thinking about culture, learning, and identity important to science?
Science and science learning are deeply connected to culture, identity, and power, even though science education has often perpetuated a view of science as objective, value-neutral and ahistorical. Creating opportunities for learners to ask authentic questions and explore the utility of science as a powerful pathway to making contributions for themselves, their families, and their communities is critical to science learning. Learning in Places
What are the Guiding Principles?
Our Community Inquiry Project Team…
acknowledges the knowledge our students will create within institutions that have historically ignored and excluded BIPOC power, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities.
will emphasize the journey and growth of not only our students, but staff as well. We are students with our students.
is student centered, their work and their ideas are the focal point. Students' identities and life experiences will be centered as assets and not deficits.
is designed with a holistic view of our students to aid all students’ personal growth in humanities and sciences.
is community based, independent of their proximity to the culture of power. ie: grammar, standard english, study habits, socioeconomic status.
will strive to hold loving accountability for our students, staff and community teams to meet our goals.