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ERIC Number: EJ1062749
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
Inside versus outside the Science Classroom: Examining the Positionality of Two Female Science Teachers at the Boundaries of Science Education
Teo, Tang Wee
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v10 n2 p381-402 Jun 2015
The third wave feminist studies in science education take the stance that science teaching is political and that social change is possible through interrogating power inequalities and decentering science to balance out power. For science educators, this means developing an awareness of "positionality," which I define here as a "stance undertaken by an individual as she or he recognizes and makes sense of the workings of the factors and forces that constitute the politics of her/his context." In this paper, I analyze the positionalities of a female Hispanic American and a female Chinese Singaporean science teacher that influenced the ways in which they interacted with students in the consensual process of science meaning making and relationship building in and outside the classroom. The findings drawn from the analysis of the teachers' transcribed interviews and written reflections show that their personal histories, experiences with social stereotyping and control by authority shaped their positionality. They constructed alternative curriculum spaces empowering themselves and their students to transcend perceived limitations and have voice. However, their positionality did not lead them to question the boundary they saw between the social bias and content of science education. Several implications for teacher education are discussed.
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Language: English
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