ERIC Number: EJ759951
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
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Highlighting Hybridity: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Teacher Talk in Science Classrooms
Hanrahan, Mary U.
Science Education, v90 n1 p8-43 Jan 2006
There is evidence that alienation from science is linked to the dominant discourse practices of science classrooms (cf. Lemke, J. L. (1990). Talking Science: Language, Learning, and Values. Norwood, NJ: Ablex). Yet, in secondary science education it is particularly hard to find evidence of curriculum reform that includes explicit changes in pedagogic discourses to accommodate the needs of students from a wide range of backgrounds. However, such evidence does exist and needs to be highlighted wherever it is found to help address social justice concerns in science education. In this article, I show how critical discourse analysis can be used to explore a way of challenging the dominant discourse in teacher--student interactions in science classrooms. My findings suggest a new way of moving toward more socially just science curricula in middle years and secondary classrooms by using hybrid discourses that can serve emancipatory purposes.
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Discourse Analysis, Educational Change, Curriculum Development, Classrooms, Justice, Science Education, Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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