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Body talk. Students' identity construction while discussing a socio-scientific issue
Malmö högskola, School of Teacher Education (LUT), Nature-Environment-Society (NMS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6389-0686
Malmö högskola, School of Teacher Education (LUT), Nature-Environment-Society (NMS).
2011 (English)In: Science learning & Citizenship, 2011Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

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.

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2011.
Keywords [en]
discourse, identity, socioscientific issues, gender, social class
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-16541Local ID: 13089OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-16541DiVA, id: diva2:1420055
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European Conference on Research in Science Education (ESERA), Lyon, France (2011)
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Ideland, MalinMalmberg, Claes

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