Typical textbooks in chemistry present the field as a fait accompli represented by a body of proven. In the teaching and learning of chemistry, students have little, if any, agency to engage in scientific inquiry and to construct their personal understanding of the field. An emphasis on predetermined the execution of laboratory experiments designed mainly to confirm predetermined ‘findings’ to a grave misunderstanding of the nature of science. In this chapter, we argue that the learning of chemistry must be engaged in performatively if it is to be authentic. Using the multiplayer chemistry game ‘Legends of Alkhimia’context, we articulate the epistemological and pedagogical bases for the design of a game-based learning curriculum to help students imbibe the thinking, values, and dispositions of professional chemists. Drawing on Bourdieu’s construct of habitus, we seek to foster students’ capacity for practical reason as they become themselves via engagement in the scientific and inquiry-oriented practice of doing chemistry, rather than just learning about it. We explain how our design-for-learning seeks to develop epistemic reflexivity and professional identity, in relation to professional chemists, through performance, play, and dialog.
|Title of host publication||Issues and Challenges in Science Education Research|
|Subtitle of host publication||Moving Forward|
|Number of pages||18|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2012|