Learning to become a science talent: a case study of the emergence of the knowing subject in a talent development program at the Mærsk McKinney Møller Science Centre in Denmark.

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The article focuses on the concept of talent and its enactment in a science talent program. The article investigates how students become a particular kind of knowing subject through their participation in a science talent program at the Mærsk McKinney Science Centre in Denmark. Drawing on concepts from new materialist studies (Latour 1993; Blok & Ellgaard Jensen 2009; Fox & Alldred 2017) the article explores the relationship between the possibilities for distribution that are offered to the participants, and the ways in which the participants respond by centering and decentering within the talent network (Mialet 2008, 2012). The study contributes to our understanding of, how the increased focus on talent development in many national educational systems influences basic preconceptions of what a science student is and how the knowing subject in society should treat science, by looking into the micro-politics of talent development. The study is based on a small-scale ethnographic fieldwork at a science camp of three days. Since it is a case study the findings account only for enactments of science talent within the confines of this particular science camp.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2018

    Research areas

  • Talent development, New materialism, Science education, Becoming, Educational subjectivity

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