Journeys as Communicative Gestures: My Relationships with/in the Sciences

  • Tristan GleasonEmail author
Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 17)


In this piece I use autoethnography to communicate my relationships with/in the sciences, drawing from experiences as both a learner and an educator. I argue that giving voice to such experiences plays an important role in developing coalitions of critical science educators, and works against the ubiquitous appeal of disembodied objectivity in the sciences more broadly. At the same time, I worry about the ways in which autoethnographic research tacitly assumes a stable and transparent self, able to give voice to self-evident experiences. Instead, I draw on the work of Maria Lugones to frame this autoethnographic practice as a communicative gesture. Here, narratives underscore how past experiences become reconstructed in the present, not in order to uncover the truth of these experiences but to put them to use in the construction of coalitions of critical scholars in the field of science education.


Science education Autoethnography Academic journeys Critical scholarship 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Moravian CollegeBethlehemUSA

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