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Between local culture and school science: The case of urban and provincial students in Eastern Colombia.
Research in Science Education (2008)
  • William Medina-Jerez, Univerisity of Texas at El Paso
Abstract
A lack of congruency between the teaching and learning of science and the student’s personal worlds has long been recognised by the international science education community as an issue deserving space in the research agenda. The purpose of this study was to explore the diversity of student reactions when subcultures such as family, community peers, and personal worldviews are considered along side the subculture of school science. Two-hundred and fifty students from urban and provincial schools in the northeastern region of Colombia (South America) participated. From this group, 18 students were interviewed. It was observed that students adopt a compartmentalisation of knowledge that is evident as both an avoiding strategy in the classroom and as a mechanism to differentiate between the natural world of their everyday situations and the one portrayed
by a Westernised science instruction in the classroom. The findings reflect how multiple worldviews correlate with student frameworks as implanted by school science.
Keywords
  • Subculture of School Science,
  • Worldview,
  • Western Modern Science,
  • Cultural Border Crossing,
  • Fatima's Rules
Disciplines
Publication Date
Spring March 1, 2008
DOI
10.1007/s11165-007-9044-y
Citation Information
Medina-Jerez, W. (2008). Between local culture and school science: The case of urban and provincial students in Eastern Colombia. Research in Science Education, 38, 189-212.