Becoming in STEM: Developing a Culture of Criticality in the Space Between Person and Institution

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Edna Tan, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In this article we present a study of a youth, Fall, tracing her STEM engagement from grade 5 through high school, across STEM spaces both formal and informal, utilizing critical, longitudinal ethnography. Drawing from social practice and critical justice theories, we present how Fall’s STEM history-in-person collided with the history-in-institutional-struggles, as a White girl growing up in multi-generational poverty who eagerly engaged in what she calls “science that matters.” We present how Fall enacted commitments-in-practice, in conjunction with three related, local contentious practices, leading to the emergence of a culture of criticality. We theorize how the space between person and institution became and functioned as an incubating space, supporting Fall’s authoring of a new chapter in her STEM history-in-person.

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Frontiers in Education 5,37
Language: English
Date: 2020
critical longitudinal ethnography, criticality, history-in-person, STEM, social practice theories, justice

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