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ERIC Number: EJ899784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Resisting the Marginalization of Science in an Urban School: Coactivating Social, Cultural, Material, and Strategic Resources
Rivera Maulucci, Maria S.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v47 n7 p840-860 Sep 2010
This study describes the resources and strategies middle school teachers, urban fellows, and a district science staff developer coactivated to resist the marginalization of science in a high-poverty, low-performing urban school. Through critical narrative inquiry, I document factors that marginalized science in three teachers' classrooms. The narratives show that constraints related to cultural, material, and social resources contributed to a more global symbolic resource constraint, the low status and priority of science in the school. The narratives develop a new category of strategic resources embodied or controlled by others and leveraged to improve students' opportunities to learn science. Attention to a broader array of resources, including social, symbolic, and strategic resources, helps to excavate some of the inertial forces that might derail efforts to teach for social justice. The findings provide a sense of how and why teachers might activate resources to resist the marginalization of science in their classrooms. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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