Teaching science in a poor Urban school in Pakistan: Tensions in the life history of a female elementary teacher

Bhaskar Upadhyay, Angela Calabrese Barton, Rubina Zahur

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Abstract

In this paper, we draw from a narrative life history approach to report in depth on the experiences of one teacher, Shagufta, in a high-poverty urban elementary school in Lahore, Pakistan. The purpose of reporting Shagufta's story is twofold. First, we want to make sense of her role as a science teacher - what should the children in her school learn in science, and why, if these children are expected by Pakistani society to leave formal education before the eighth grade? Second, what core tensions mark Shagufta's story as she has tried to craft her science teaching practice?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-743
Number of pages19
JournalScience Education
Volume89
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2005

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