My research explores why it is necessary and pertinent to teach science through an objective AND subjective lens, to nurture and cultivate scientific dispositions of listening, observing, theorizing, and hypothesizing from a place of emotion. My research adopts a self-study research methodology approach, where I seek to further understand my practice and identity as a science educator when teaching science to young children.
I am excited to share that my academic journey has culminated in two self-published children’s books, which I co-authored with my eldest son, Khafri. The two books: My name is Poh. I am a Mummy and a Scientist, and Am I a Scientist? were written from the distillation of my understandings about the importance of developing scientifically literate children. The book, Am I a Scientist?, introduces the child to different types of scientists who may not fit the stereotypical mould of what a scientist should look like and where they should be working (i.e. lab coat and a lab). The book ends with a surprise for the child and affirms that it is the dispositions of a scientist, rather than a set of skills that determine if one is scientifically literate.
As I continue this “artful scientific” journey to further understand myself as a science educator, I am excited to further explore how this PhD will open my mind towards different ways of relating to the world.
I want to acknowledge and thank many Faculty members who supported me through patience, understanding and providing a space for me to fully experience my “artful self” and colleagues and acquaintances who have become friends and mentors for their encouragement.