Controversial issues in science: Exploring the power dynamics of applying critical pedagogies in secondary schools

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Alfandari, N. and Tsoubaris, D. (2022). Controversial issues in science: Exploring the power dynamics of applying critical pedagogies in secondary schools. Izquierdas. 2022 (51), pp. 1-18.
AuthorsAlfandari, N. and Tsoubaris, D.
Abstract

This article reflects on the implementation of critical pedagogies in a secondary school science
classroom in England, in a project titled: “controversial topics in science”. It explores the transformative
potential as well as the challenges of implementing critical pedagogies in the neoliberal secondary school.
The project critically engages with dominant science education and proposes a situated and emancipatory
approach to teaching science. Drawing on Theatre of the Oppressed as methodology, the research explores
changes in the power dynamics amongst participants, their relationship with learning and the institution.
This article suggests that this work is part of a paradigm shift towards critical pedagogies and, as such,
provides an insight to the potential of expanding relevant approaches throughout the science curriculum
beyond the classroom.

KeywordsCritical pedagogies, critical science education, secondary school, power dynamics, Theatre of the Oppressed
Year2022
JournalIzquierdas
Journal citation2022 (51), pp. 1-18
Web address (URL)http://www.izquierdas.cl/ediciones/2022/numero-51
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Print01 Mar 2022
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Accepted02 Nov 2022
Deposited30 Mar 2022
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