Making Sense of Science: The Sounds of Teaching and Studenting in Four Urban Classrooms

March 17, 2012 - July 15, 2012

This exhibition is the result of an ongoing study in four classrooms in the Akron Public School District conducted by Professor Walter S. Gershon of Kent State University. Now in its fourth and final year, it was conceived in response to national concerns about disparities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and science professions for girls, women and people of color.

Gershon designed the study to explore how writing songs about academic content helps bridge race and gender gaps in science education for young urban students. As a result, it has demonstrated that the process of songwriting can effectively engage students in science content, help early readers and writers express their knowledge, serve as a curricular tool for literacy and scientific inquiry and create a context in which students of all ages can experience what it feels like to be lost in ideas and the creation of meaning.

This project was made possible through support from the OMNOVA Foundation, Audio-Technica, Apogee Digital and Tannoy and Service Learning at Hudson High School.