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ERIC Number: EJ945248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
Funds of Relationality: Social Bonds and Science Learners
Smardon, Regina
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v6 n4 p895-902 Dec 2011
In this response to Konstantinos Alexakos, Jayson K. Jones, and Victor H. Rodriguez, I will focus primarily on the importance of relationality for the development of a science learner identity. Along the way I will review (1) The cultural dynamics involved with the formation and sustenance of relationships in social life; (2) The methodological advantages of ethnographic inquiry for exploring funds of relationality; (3) The importance of relationality for science innovation throughout the pipeline of scientific training from K-12 schooling all the way through scientific breakthrough; (4) The absolutely vital role that relationality plays in creating a science learner identity. Finally I highlight how collaborative ethnography, in particular, is an excellent tool for seeking out "funds of relationality" that can be marshaled in the classroom as well as contributing to conceptual advancement in the theoretical vocabulary of relational sociology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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