- Learning and the development of social identities in the subjects: Care and Technology
- Document type
- Working paper
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Research Institute of Child Development and Education (RICDE)
This article discusses the way in which social identities structure the learning processes of students in two subjects in the Dutch secondary school curriculum - Care and Technology. It analyzes interviews with 23 students and their teachers with a view to explaining the disappointing results in these subjects in terms of breaking through gender and class-related preferences and learning outcomes. The subjects Care and Technology refer on the one hand to social practices with which groups of students identify in different ways. On the other hand students also appear to make active use of these subjects in their identity development. We argue for explicitly combining the notion that learning is peripheral participation in social practices with analyses of the power relationships that structure those practices. Also the question should be addressed of how the relative autonomy of the school can be used for organizing learning experiences in such a way that social positions and identities are not inhibitive, and the restrictive character of social identities is challenged.
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