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Interaction rituals, emotions, and early childhood science: digital microscopes and collective joy in a multilingual classroom
Wilmes, Sara
2021In Cultural Studies of Science Education, 16, p. 373–385
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Keywords :
early childhood science; multilingual; plurilingual; interaction rituals; emotions; joy; science education
Abstract :
[en] In her original article, “Identity, Agency and the Internal Conversations of Science and Math Teachers Implementing instructional reforms in High-Need Urban Schools”, Stacy Olitsky (2021) takes us on an exploration of the identity development and agencies exerted by two teachers working to implement science instructional reforms in high-need urban schools. Olitsky (2021) utilizes Interaction Ritual Theory as a lens to examine a seldom viewed and even intimate aspect of teacher’s worlds, namely teachers’ self-talk. In this forum article I embrace the invitation extended by Olitsky, through an exploration of the interaction rituals that took place among students and a teacher working with digital microscopes in an early childhood classroom. I draw upon the theoretical lens of communitas to illuminate the power of collective joy that formed. Specifically, I will share two vignettes from a multilingual early childhood classroom to illustrate how teacher-guided and studentguided spaces afforded interactions that lead to the development of collective joy. I show how collective work with the microscopes allowed for joy and surprise to occur within a classroom of plurilingual students who are participating in their first schooled experiences of science. I conclude with a discussion of the power of student-driven instructional spaces as places for students working to learn science, and the language of instruction, to collectively experience joy as they explore.
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Education & instruction
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Wilmes, Sara ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Education and Social Work (DESW)
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Interaction rituals, emotions, and early childhood science: digital microscopes and collective joy in a multilingual classroom
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Cultural Studies of Science Education
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Springer, Germany
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