Celebrating Jhumki Basu's contributions to science education as a scholar and an activist: Voices from the field

Catherine Milne, Laurie Rubel, Alberto J. Rodriguez, Christopher Emdin, Maria Rivera Maulucci, Donyagay Locke, Edna Tan, Neil Clairmont, Bhaskar Upadhyay

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This metalogue addresses the ways Sreyashi Jhumki Basu mediated our practices in science education and life. We focus on Basu's uses of critical science agency, democratic science classrooms, and critical feminist ethnography to transform the possibilities for all participants in her research and educational practices. We also examine her use of cases and pedagogical strategies to support youth set practice goals based on conceptions of self and preferred learning trajectories. These strategies allow youth to develop power through the use of disciplinary knowledge and modes of inquiry to support their understanding of themselves as powerful, able to change their position in the world, and make the world more socially just. This (Key Contributors) article acknowledges a life cut short through disease, reflects our personal loss of a friend and colleague, and expresses determination to ensure that her contributions to science education are sustained and continued.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-407
Number of pages9
JournalCultural Studies of Science Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009



  • Critical feminist ethnography
  • Critical science agency
  • Democracy
  • Student researchers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies

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