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Title: Probing Beyond the Biology: Centering a Relational Ontology in Middle-School Science Modeling Towards Rightful Presence
Authors: Krishnamoorthy, Rishi
Tan, Edna
Duncan, Ravit Golan
Dabholkar, Sugat
Smithen, Burrell
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Krishnamoorthy, R., Tan, E., Duncan, R. G., Dabholkar, S., & Smithen, B. (2023). Probing beyond the biology: Centering a relational ontology in middle-school science modeling towards rightful presence. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 266-273). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Modeling science phenomena serves as a tool to support science practices, where classroom environments and youths’ relations with each other and those in positions of power shape how the activity unfolds and what models are created. Grounded in a relational ontology, we build on justice-oriented approaches to studying youths’ learning towards their Rightful Presence by examining the expansive and political ways of knowing youth draw on while modeling. We followed a group of four middle-school youth and traced the human-human and human-more-than-human powered relations that shaped their models of short and long-term stress created across two multi-day lessons. We illustrate how models emerged as more-than-human entities with identities shaped through youths’ intra-group, student-teacher, and human-more-than-human relations, entangled with who and how youth are in and with this world. We also argue ceding power to youth to re-author their and their models’ rights supported more expansive understandings of youths’ learning.
Description: Long Paper
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