Reaching out across epistemological borders
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
There is a broad consensus that gender equality is a crucial issue in science education. However, science education researchers approaching issues of gender have often used the quantitative research methods that dominate the natural sciences. This means that introducing a qualitative, feminist tradition into science education research potentially presents several difficulties. Several “paradigm gaps” have to be bridged in order for fruitful dialogues to occur.
The organizers of this round table are all science education researchers who have experience of publishing in science education journals. Drawing on our experiences, we will initiate a discussion of the challenges of bringing interpretative research perspectives in dialogue with traditionally positivist research fields. We invite researchers facing similar challenges to join this roundtable to share experiences, problems, and strategies for doing feminist research, for example, discussing the hurdles of publishing in journals unaccustomed to feminist perspectives. Questions to be discussed during the roundtable include: How can we as feminist researchers make a difference in research fields where the research questions and methodologies we employ are often seen as “unscientific”? How do we communicate results from experience-based research about in/equality in contexts infused with taken-for-granted notions of objectivity and meritocracy?
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Science education, methodology, interdisciplinarity
Gender Studies Educational Sciences Physical Sciences
Research subject Physics with specialization in Physics Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296672OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-296672DiVA: diva2:939349
Gender and Education Association Interim Conference, Linköping, Sweden, 15–17 June 2016