Cultural Studies of Science Education

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 377–380 | Cite as

How can teaching make a difference to students’ interest in science? Including Bourdieuan field analysis

  • Per AnderhagEmail author
  • Per-Olof Wickman
  • Karim Mikael Hamza


In this article we respond to the discussion by Alexandra Schindel Dimick regarding how the taste analysis presented in our feature article can be expanded within a Bourdieuan framework. Here we acknowledge the significance of field theory to introduce wider reflexivity on the kind of taste that is constituted in the science classroom, while we at the same time emphasize the importance of differentiating between how taste is reproduced versus how it is changed through teaching. The contribution of our methodology is mainly to offer the possibility to empirically analyze changes in this taste, and how teaching can make a difference in regard to students’ home backgrounds. However, our last two steps of our taste analysis include asking questions about how the taste developing in the classroom relates more widely in society. Schindel Dimick shows how these two steps can be productively expanded by a wider societal field analysis.


Interest Taste Aesthetics Science education Situated learning Norms Values Methodology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Per Anderhag
    • 1
    Email author
  • Per-Olof Wickman
    • 1
  • Karim Mikael Hamza
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Science EducationStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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