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Takumi Sato

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D.


Dr. Takumi Sato is a Clinical Assistant Professor specializing in Science Education. He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education from Michigan State University (2013). Dr. Sato is the Program Advisor for the MAED Science Education Distance Program. His teaching interests include secondary science methods, diversity issues in the science classroom, and the use of technology in science teaching. Prior to entering higher education, Dr. Sato taught middle and high school science and served as a secondary science specialist for Orange County Public Schools (Orlando, FL).

Dr. Sato's research emphasizes the role of race and racism in the science experiences for youth of color. Dr. Sato's work is informed by Critical Race Theory and uses humanizing approaches to research by working with his research participants. Specifically, he invites youth to engage in participatory action research. Youth participatory action research (YPAR) seeks to create empowering spaces for youth to become researchers of social inequities. Through YPAR, youth draw from the research data to inform action against racism in their science learning opportunities. The goal of Dr. Sato's research is to work with youth of color and challenge systemic racism in science learning opportunities. The goal of his research is to transform oppressive conditions in order for students to realize their science potential and aspirations.

In addition, Dr. Sato has presented his work at several major research conferences. He has contributed to the NARST Annual Conference, American Educational Research Association (AERA), Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) Annual Conference, and other conferences. Dr. Sato has been actively involved with NARST seeking graduate student representation on the board of directors for the organization. He was also selected as a participant in the Sandra K. Abell Institute in 2011 for doctoral students.

Education

Ph.D. Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education, Michigan State University

B.A. Biology, Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Sato's research emphasizes the role of race and racism in the science experiences for youth of color. Dr. Sato's work is informed by Critical Race Theory and uses humanizing approaches to research by working with his research participants. Specifically, he invites youth to engage in participatory action research. Youth participatory action research (YPAR) seeks to create empowering spaces for youth to become researchers of social inequities. Through YPAR, youth draw from the research data to inform action against racism in their science learning opportunities. The goal of Dr. Sato's research is to work with youth of color and challenge systemic racism in science learning opportunities. The goal of his research is to transform oppressive conditions in order for students to realize their science potential and aspirations.

    Takumi Sato

  • 540-231-2727
  • takumi@vt.edu
  • 310 War Memorial Hall, School of Education
    Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
    USA