Body talk. Students' identity construction while discussing a socio-scientific issue

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Publication Conference Paper, other
Title Body talk. Students' identity construction while discussing a socio-scientific issue
Author(s) Ideland, Malin ; Malmberg, Claes
Date 2011
English abstract
Workforms as socio-scientific issues (SSI) are said to develop youngsters’ skills to use scientific knowledge to become engaged citizens. But how do preconditions for SSI-work differ for students from different backgrounds? One aim with this paper is to explore discourse orders constituting students’ discussions about a SSI. Another aim is to understand how students’ use these discourses as a part of their ongoing identity construction in relation to available subject-positions. The paper use data from two classes from lower secondary school in Sweden. The method used is focus group discussions about knowledge and values concerning body and health. Four focus groups was used, two from a monoethnic school in a middle class area with high educational level and two from a school, in a multiethnic area with low SES and low educational level. 10 girls and 8 boys participated. When students discuss SSI they are switching between discourses, in this case school science discourse, body discourse and general school discourse. These discourses are used differently depending on how the students construct their identities in relation to available subject positions. The availability of subject positions differs for different students. SSI includes some students and excludes other. The availability of subject-positions in science classroom depends also on how students do gender, class and ethnicity. The resistance or acceptance of SSI work is related to an insider/outsider role in society.
Link http://www.esera2011.fr/images/stories/ESERA__2011_Detailed_Prog_SOP__Symp.pdf (external link to publication)
Host/Issue Science learning & Citizenship;
Pages 4
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) discourse
identity
socioscientific issues
gender
social class
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note ESERA conference, "Science learning and citizenship", Lyon, France, August 31st - September 4th 2011.
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13089 (link to this page)
Link http://www.esera2011.fr/ (external link to related web page)

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