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ERIC Number: EJ785368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8326
Powerful Learners and Critical Agents: The Goals of Five Urban Caribbean Youth in a Conceptual Physics Classroom
Basu, Sreyashi Jhumki
Science Education, v92 n2 p252-277 Mar 2008
Youth from low-income, minority backgrounds have often been marginalized from introductory courses, advanced study and careers in physics. Cultivating student agency may have the potential to improve access for diverse groups of learners. However, the implications of this lens for student learning have been minimally examined in the physics education literature. In this ethnographic study situated in a ninth-grade conceptual physics classroom, I discuss students' critical goals--the intentions, motivations, and desires for change that youth held. These critical goals were related to learning, voice, and participation in relationships and the world. I also describe how student goals demonstrate the idea of "critical subject-matter agency" in physics: students positioning themselves as powerful learners envisioning subject knowledge as a tool for change in their own lives and world. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9
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Language: English
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