Cultural Studies of Science Education

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 287–292 | Cite as

The secret identity of science education: masculine and politically conservative?

  • Jay Lemke


This response to Jesse Bazzul and Heather Sykes’ paper, The secret identity of a biology textbook: straight and naturally sexed, explores their critiques of textbooks and curricula that authoritatively present scientific accounts of the natural world without engaging students in critical thinking. It proposes that we need to go beyond such useful critiques to develop alternatives to the unsatisfactory heteronormative status quo in biology textbooks and in science education more generally.


Sex Gender Sexuality Textbooks Ideology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Comparative Human CognitionUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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