Confronting Self: Stories of Incipiency, Disequilibrium, and Becoming Critical in Science Education

  • Darren HoegEmail author
  • Larry Bencze
  • Sarah El Halwany
  • Erin Sperling
  • Majd Zouda
Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 17)


In this chapter, we discuss transformations of self during engagement in research and scholarship. Through personal stories, we describe self-transformational experiences involving incipiencies, disequilibrium, and retreat. We suggest these experiences result from tensions between new and existing perceptions and beliefs about the social settings in which we work and study. Our stories demonstrate what we believe is a necessary negotiation between the self and the external ‘other’ social reality we strive to change as we engage in critical scholarship.


Citizenship Science education STSE Becoming Incipiency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Darren Hoeg
    • 1
    Email author
  • Larry Bencze
    • 2
  • Sarah El Halwany
    • 2
  • Erin Sperling
    • 2
  • Majd Zouda
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.University of Toronto, OISETorontoCanada

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