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Title: Designing for Justice-Oriented Critical Caring in Science Methods Courses
Authors: Suárez, Enrique
Krist, Christina
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Suárez, E. & Krist, C. (2023). Designing for justice-oriented critical caring in science methods courses. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 553-560). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Contemporary science education centers on the desired conceptual understandings and science practices students should develop. While positioning students as knowledge constructors by valuing a sensemaking stance and leveraging heterogeneous meaning-making repertoires are important for equitable learning, the moral and ethical dimensions that undergird this emphasis have been overlooked. Here, we study our efforts to support science pre-service teachers (PSTs) in our methods courses to develop pedagogies rooted in what we call justice-oriented critical caring. Our design-based research approach grounds PSTs’ science futures pedagogical practices in an ethic of care and in broader sociopolitical systems, particularly in three key ethical and design commitments: discursiveness, relationality, and reflectiveness. Our findings show how intentionally designed learning experiences for PSTs supported learners in navigating complex trajectories toward enacting transformative forms of caring.
Description: Long Paper
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