Body talk: students’ identity construction while discussing a socioscientific issue

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Body talk: students’ identity construction while discussing a socioscientific issue
Author(s) Ideland, Malin ; Malmberg, Claes
Date 2012
English abstract
Vision II school science is often stated to be a democratic and inclusive form of science education. But what characterizes the subject who fits into the Vision II school science? Who is the desirable student and who is constructed as ill-fitting? This article explores discourses that structure the Vision II science classroom, and how different students construct their identities inside these discourses. In the article we consider school science as an order of discourses which restricts and enables what is possible to think and say and what subject-positions those are available and non-available. The results show that students’ talk about a SSI about body and health is constituted by several discourses. We have analyzed how school science discourse, body discourse and general school discourse are structuring the discussions. But these discourses are used in different ways depending on how the students construct their identities in relation to available subject positions, which are dependent on how students at the same time are “doing” gender and social class. As an example, middle class girls show resistance against SSI-work since the practice is threatening their identity as “successful students”. This article uses a sociopolitical perspective in its discussions on inclusion and exclusion in the practice of Vision II. It raises critical issues about the inherited complexity of SSI with meetings and/or collisions between discourses. Even if the empirical results from this qualitative study are situated in specific cultural contexts, they contribute with new questions to ask concerning SSI and Vision II school science.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11422-012-9381-7 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Cultural Studies of Science Education;2
Volume 7
ISSN 1871-1502
Pages 279-305
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Socioscientific issues
Discourse analysis
Identity
Subject position
Gender
Social class
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14153 (link to this page)

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