, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 309-324
Date: 16 Jun 2006

Forum Identity Politics in Science and Science Education

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Karen L. Tonso is an Assistant Professor of Social Foundations, with affiliations in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Educational Evaluation and Research, at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI). She is a co-author of Women's Science (University of Chicago Press, 1998) and is finalizing On the Outskirts of Engineering (Sense Publications, expected late 2006. A former engineer, she worked for 15 years in the petroleum industry. Her research interests focus on the social structures of learning settings (in and out of school) in engineering education, in a ragtime festival that countered structures implicated in rampage violence like Columbine, and in a dechartering urban school. Karen's work was supported by an AERA/Spencer Fellowship and grants from the State Policy Center at WSU. Her engineering education research was recognized for its contributions both to innovation in qualitative research methods (AERA's Qualitative Methods SIG Mary Catherine Ellwein Award) and to research on women in education (AERA's Research on Women and Education SIG's Selma Greenberg Award).
Margaret Eisenhart is University Distinguished Professor and Charles Professor of Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the understandings of gender, race, and academic knowledge that young people learn inside and outside of school and on applications of ethnographic methodology in educational research. She is author or co-author of over 60 articles and 3 books, including Educated in Romance with Dorothy Holland, Designing Classroom Research with Hilda Borko, and Women's Science with Liza Finkel.
Nancy Brickhouse is Professor and Associate Director of the School of Education at the University of Delaware. She completed undergraduate a graduate degrees in chemistry at Baylor University and Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in science education from Purdue University in 1988. Her writings on gender and science education have been published in a variety of outlets, including the Journal for Research in Science Teaching, Journal of Curriculum Studies, Science Education, and in International Handbook of Science Education, edited by Ken Tobin and Barry Fraser and published by Kluwer. She has recently completed a recent project with Danielle Ford on Bringing Young Girls into Science, funded by the National Science Foundation. She is currently the editor of the journal Science Education.