Urban youths’ hybrid positioning in science practices at the margin: a look inside a school–museum–scientist partnership project and an after-school science program

  • Jrène RahmEmail author


In what ways do urban youths’ hybridity constitute positioning and engagement in science-as-practice? In what ways are they “hybridizing” and hence surviving in a system that positions them as certain types of learners and within which they come to position themselves often as other than envisioned? To answer these questions, I draw from two ethnographic case studies, one a scientist–museum–school partnership initiative, and the other, an after-school science program for girls only, both serving poor, ethnically and linguistically diverse youth in Montreal, Canada. Through a study of the micro dialectics from the perspective of youth, I show what we can learn from examples of doing science in a formal and informal educational context supportive of marginalized science practices resembling in part, at least, science-as-practice. Through an integration of the findings with current discourses of relevance in science education such as funds of knowledge and youth centered, co-opted science, I contribute to the formulation of a global pedagogy of science education and in particular, what such may imply in the eyes of youth in French Canada.


Hybrid identities Positioning Intercultural performances Science-as-practice Poor urban youth Qualitative case studies 



This research was made possible by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Supporting Montreal School Program and Minister of Education of Quebec. Discussions about some of the theoretical constructs with Jennifer Vadeboncoeur and feedback by Edna Tan and Angela Calabrese Barton greatly facilitated the writing. However, I bear responsibility for all content.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Département de psychopédagogie et d’andragogieUniversité de Montréal MontrealCanada

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