The art and science of "recognition of difference" in junior secondary science classrooms

Hanrahan, M 2006, 'The art and science of "recognition of difference" in junior secondary science classrooms' in W. Bokhorst-Heng, M. Osborne and K. Lee (ed.) Redesigning Pedagogy: Reflections on Theory and Praxis, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands, pp. 271-281.


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Title The art and science of "recognition of difference" in junior secondary science classrooms
Author(s) Hanrahan, M
Year 2006
Title of book Redesigning Pedagogy: Reflections on Theory and Praxis
Publisher Sense Publishers
Place of publication Rotterdam, Netherlands
Editor(s) W. Bokhorst-Heng
M. Osborne
K. Lee
Start page 271
End page 281
Subjects Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Summary "Recognition and valuing of difference" (Education Queensland, 2001) and "inclusivity" (State of NSW, 2003) are recognised as significant dimensions of quality teaching and learning. Yet they can be too easily forgotten in the push for "intellectual quality". My research suggests that this is counterproductive since the two dimensions are integrally related, especially for students from non-advantaged backgrounds. In some subjects, the stylistic norms of the culture (cf. Lemke 1990) result in many students feeling excluded from legitimate belonging and hence full access. This can result in lowered intellectual engagement and poor retention rates in the subject, with junior secondary science being a case in point in many Western countries including Australia (cf. Goodrum, Hackling & Rennie 2001). However, there is evidence that some teachers do manage to engage most of their middle years' students in science, which begs the question, "How do they do it?" This has been the topic of my most recent research project. In this paper I will attempt to demonstrate my findings that such teachers use language in subtle ways that open science up to new audiences. They creatively hybridise the traditional genres, discourses and styles of school science in ways which recognise, value and/or accept - or at least allow for - difference, and which invite and reward active participation by all students. Using the tools of critical discourse analysis (CDA, Fairclough 2003) I will illustrate my points about access-enhancing teacher discourse practices with excerpts from the lessons of two successful science teachers.
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