ERIC Number: EJ905249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Excavating Silences and Tensions of Agency|Passivity in Science Education Reform
Rivera Maulucci, Maria S.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v5 n4 p985-991 Dec 2010
I reflect on studies by Rodriguez and Carlone, Haun-Frank, and Kimmel to emphasize the ways in which they excavate silences in the science education literature related to linguistic and cultural diversity and situating the problem of reform in teachers rather than contextual factors, such as traditional schooling discourses and forces that serve to marginalize science. I propose that the current push for top-down reform and accountability diminishes opportunities for receptivity, learning with and from students in order to transform teachers' practices and promote equity in science education. I discuss tensions of agency and passivity in science education reform and argue that attention to authentic caring constitutes another silence in the science education literature. I conclude that the current policy context positions teachers and science education researchers as tempered radicals struggling against opp(reg)ressive reforms and that there is a need for more studies to excavate these and other silences.
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Educational Change, Science Education, Science Instruction, Accountability, Researchers, Teachers
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