Queering dissection: "I wanted to bury its heart, at least" (2019)
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EditorsTaylor CAmade-Escot CAbbas A
In this chapter, I explore dissection as a material-discursive phenomenon in three different settings: My own high school dissection experiences; my experiences with dissection as a teacher of science; and a dissection experience that took place in a local high school where I have conducted research. Given its prominence in the secondary school science experience, dissection can serve as a microcosm for analyzing the complex and intersecting roles of identity, such as gender with race, cultural practices, and science (as it plays out in schools). I draw on Sara Ahmed’s (2006, 2010) scholarship on orientations to diffract the various participants’ orientations to the dissection, with a particular focus on gender at the intersections of race, class, and cultural practices. The experiences of two girls, in particular, reveal multiple points of difference that constitute considerable (yet overlooked) tensions in secondary science education.
CitationTolbert S (2019). Queering dissection: "I wanted to bury its heart, at least". In Taylor C, Amade-Escot C, Abbas A (Ed.), Gender in learning and teaching: Feminist dialogues across international boundaries.: 39-49. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
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ANZSRC Fields of Research39 - Education::3901 - Curriculum and pedagogy::390113 - Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
39 - Education::3904 - Specialist studies in education::390406 - Gender, sexuality and education
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