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K.M. Marosi, MSc

PhD student
K.M. Marosi, MSc

1. Broadening STEAM participation: An intersectional approach to promoting minoritized students’ inclusion (Ph.D. Project, 2020-2024)

Situated within current geo-socio-political realities shaped by the massive influx of diverse migratory groups to Europe and the rise of racism, Islamophobia, and homophobia, this research study will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) participation and science identity of minorities. As such, the research study aims to address goals related to diversity, equity, and social justice.

The study is theoretically framed within culturally relevant pedagogies that embrace students’ cultures, values, norms, and traditions. Moreover, a systematic literature review and 2 Communicative Focus Groups with LGBTQIA+ students will be conducted in order to identitfy elements that foster/hinder queer people's science participation. These results, along with tenets of culturally relevant pedagogy will inform the design framework of a summer school aiming to engage minoritized students in science.

The purpose of the study is to explore how the engagement of minoritized students in a culturally relevant and queer inclusive STEAM program might (a) enhance their academic achievement and sociopolitical consciousness; (b) shape the formation of their science identities. An intersectionality lens will be used to investigate how culture, race, gender performance, and other identities (e.g. social, religious, ethnic) intersect with the formation of students’ science identities. 

The study follows a qualitative research paradigm and adopts an ethnographic case study. As such, data will be collected throughout the duration of the out-of-school program through multiple data sources, such as ethnographic observations, individual interviews, identity maps, and multiple kinds of artifacts. The data will be analyzed through content analysis and with the use of open coding techniques.

The study is expected to contribute to theory, research, and practice in various ways. From a theory perspective, the study will propose an evidence-based theoretical framework for after-school community-based programs that aim to support non-dominant groups’ participation in science. From a research perspective, the findings of the study will reveal the relationship between community-based science learning, science engagement, and self-identification with science. Finally, this project intends to contribute to the research of gender in science, by expanding the discussion to include queer performances.

University of Groningen, University of Athens

2. ALLINTERACT Widening and diversifying citizen engagement with science (EU-H2020, 2020-2023; Budget: 1.1 million euro, with dr. L. Avraamidou and dr. M. Lopez Lopez)

ALLINTERACT is a project selected and funded under H2020 program (SwafS-20-2018-2019: Building the SwafS knowledge base).

This project will aim, on the one hand, to create new knowledge about how to transform potential citizen participation in science into actual engagement in scientific research, and on the other hand, to unveil new ways to engage societal actors, including young citizens and groups that have traditionally been excluded from science: women, refugees, LGTBQIA+, ethnic/religious minorities

The project is grounded on the idea that, although many citizens still do not see why they should understand science or participate in it, they are willing to participate in science when they become aware of the social impacts generated by research outcomes. In this line, previous research has evidenced that if citizens are aware of social impact emerged from research, they are more likely to be involved and participate in science.

ALLINTERACT project will focus on two Sustainable Development Goals –Quality Education and Gender Equality – and with a mixed-method approach, by using digital technology (social media analytics), a survey, and an intervention study, including communicative focus groups.

Partners: CREA-Universitat de Barcelona, University of Helsinki, University of Groningen, University Milano-Bicocca, ISCSP – University of Lisbon, Oxford University,  European Parents Association (EPA).  Supported by Instituto Natura, Yes Forum, and the Department of Welfare of the Catalan administration.

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