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Author: Minjung Ryu

This study examines how Melody, a Korean transnational girl in the US, participates in high school AP (Advanced Placement) biology class, engages in identity work, and learns science. Melody was a daughter of a gireogi family (a transnational family separated for educational purposes), living with her mother and brother in the US. The recent increase of transnational educational migration among Asian students and the importance of identity in understanding students’ learning and participation motivated this study. I define identity as a type of personhood and view that it is always performed and negotiated by individuals in their social lives. Drawing on ethnographic data collected in Melody’s AP Biology class, I will show Melody constructed identities as a non-participant, limited English-proficient student and incompetent biology learner. Her identity construction was influenced by the meso level contexts (e.g., school, classroom) and personal contexts (e.g., gireogi family contexts). Yet, Melody constantly negotiated with these contexts to re-figure her identities to be more conducive to her biology learning and to enhance her classroom participation. This study demonstrates how individual students in the US, while coming from a stereotypically successful ethnic group, experience their life contexts and explore possibilities for learning and being in different ways. Implications include how researchers and teachers should pay attention to individual differences and contexts in order to better facilitate their science learning and classroom participation. I will also provide implications for education in countries that send gireogi families and transnational students.

In: Asia-Pacific Science Education

emerging stratification of U.S. high school science, with a lower level offering relevance to daily life and a higher level promising the rigor of college preparation. General science aimed not only to respond to pupils’ natural interests, but also to direct those desires toward proper ends. Regulating the

In: STEM of Desire

and generative living: “generous, in being sensitive to others, and generative in being in love with life and a desire to learn and grow” ( Leafgren, 2009 , p. 243). A Flower Desires to Be Given as a Gift Animals can desire, ants, the heart can, and fingers, and hands, everyone can desire. (child

In: STEM of Desire
Authors: Steve Fifield and Will Letts

inference was that that’s what made me a nontraditional graduate student. I worried that if I wrote I was gay, I would somehow fix others’ sense of who I was, that I would be reduced to a label, to a caricature, for these labels “tend to lock people into fixed prescriptions for living” ( Morris, 1998 , p

In: STEM of Desire
Author: Isabel Martins

traditional linguistic perspectives, which have language structure as a starting point, critical discourse perspectives are motivated by questions and problems of a social nature. From this perspective, texts and the social practices in which they are inscribed are seen as inseparable dimensions of discursive

In: Science Education Research in Latin America

that identifying as an environmental activist has more to do with perceived identity rather than the wish to work towards a more sustainable future for some young people (Collins, 2019; Satchwell, 2013 ), this at least indicates that living a sustainable lifestyle and being politically active with

In: Why Science and Art Creativities Matter

1 Introduction: Global Issues and Global Metabolism With the appearance of Ulrich Beck’s Risk society – published in 1992 – for the first time open recognition was given to the growing sense of insecurity and danger characterising life in high-tech modern societies. A key factor in this analysis

In: Why Science and Art Creativities Matter
Author: Jacalyn Duffin

‘anatomoclinical’ medicine. Constellations of symptoms were linked to organic lesions that could be detected inside a living patient by tools, such as the stethoscope, pleximeter, microscope, and later X-rays. Rudolf Virchow extended visual pathology microscopically to the cell (he was nominated, but never

In: Attributing Excellence in Medicine

fairy tale. Here I was – a clinical doctor, a surgeon whose professional life was devoted primarily to taking care of patients – receiving the world’s most prestigious scientific prize. 2 These two quotes by surgeons, the first by Francis D. Moore and the second by Joseph Murray (Nobel laureate in

In: Attributing Excellence in Medicine

of seeking and finding a solution to a problem using either new or existing technology and inventions. 3 STEM Integration If you were to ask the most inspirational teachers you know what their top professional goal is, most would say to motivate all their students to love learning. These teachers

In: Integrating 3D Printing into Teaching and Learning