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Title: Co-Construction of Third Space of Joy and Playfulness Through Critical Transdisciplinarity: Land-Based STEM Learning With Refugee Children
Authors: Kopparla, Mahati
Takeuchi, Miwa Aoki
Yuen, Jenny
Chowdhury, Anita
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Kopparla, M., Takeuchi, M. A., Yuen, J., & Chowdhury, A. (2022). Co-construction of third space of joy and playfulness through critical transdisciplinarity: Land-based STEM learning with refugee children. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 1305-1308). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: People from non-dominant farming communities have rich engagement with STEM concepts, rooted in their families’ everyday lives, intergenerational cultural practices, and environments. However, such culturally embedded knowledge and associated STEM literacy often remain separate from STEM learning at school. Particularly working with Yazidi and Syrian refugee families from rural regions, we co-designed land-based STEM learning opportunities that center embodied knowledge of traditional farming practices. In this paper, we present examples where facilitators and child participants co-created spaces to express their intergenerational and emerging understanding of land, farming, and STEM, with joy and pleasure. Particularly, we decenter damage-centered narratives associated with refugee children by centering their agency, creativity, and desire for joy in the learning spaces. Participants cocreated a Third Space where they engaged in the learning activity on their own terms, while challenging and reimagining some underlying socio-political ideologies and power dynamics.
Description: Short Paper
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