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ERIC Number: EJ797478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
Culturing Conceptions: From First Principles
Roth, Wolff-Michael; Lee, Yew Jin; Hwang, SungWon
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v3 n2 p231-261 Jul 2008
Over the past three decades, science educators have accumulated a vast amount of information on conceptions--variously defined as beliefs, ontologies, cognitive structures, mental models, or frameworks--that generally (at least initially) have been derived from interviews about certain topics. During the same time period, cultural studies has emerged as a field in which everyday social practices are interrogated with the objective to understand culture in all its complexity. Science educators have however yet to ask themselves what it would mean to consider the possession of conceptions as well as conceptual change from the perspective of cultural studies. The purpose of this article is thus to articulate in and through the analysis of an interview about natural phenomenon the first principles of such a cultural approach to scientific conceptions. Our bottom-up approach in fact leads us to develop the kind of analyses and theories that have become widespread in cultural studies. This promises to generate less presupposing and more parsimonious explanations of this core issue within science education than if conceptions are supposed to be structures inhabiting the human mind.
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Language: English
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