Novelization: Countering cultural centralization and the unitary language of science education.

M.W. Eijck, van, W.-M. Roth

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    Abstract

    Science educators are confronted with the challenge to accommodate in their classes an increasing cultural and linguistic diversity that results from globalization. Challenged by the call to work towards valuing and keeping this diversity in the face of the canonical nature of school science discourse, we propose a new way of thinking about and investigating these problems. Drawing on the work of Mikhail Bakhtin, we articulate epicization and novelization as concepts that allow us to understand, respectively, the processes of (a) centralizing and homogenizing culture and language and (b) pluralizing culture and language. We present and analyze three examples that exhibit how existing mundane science education practices tend, by means of epicization, towards a unitary language and to cultural centralization. We then propose novelization as a way for thinking the opening up of science education by interacting with and incorporating alternative forms of knowing that arise from cultural diversity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNARST Annual International Conference 2011,Orlando, USA, April 3-6 2011
    Place of PublicationOrlando
    PublisherNational Assiciation of Research in Science Teaching
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event2011 NARST Annual International Conference, April 3-6, 2011, Orlando, FL, USA - Caribe Royale Orlando, Orlando, FL, United States
    Duration: 3 Apr 20116 Apr 2011
    https://www.narst.org/annualconference/2011conference.cfm

    Conference

    Conference2011 NARST Annual International Conference, April 3-6, 2011, Orlando, FL, USA
    CountryUnited States
    CityOrlando, FL
    Period3/04/116/04/11
    Other"Global Sustainability and Public Understanding of Science: the Role of Science Education Research in the International Community"
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