The PER-Central website will be unavailable Friday evening through Saturday afternoon as electrical work occurs in the American Center of Physics server room. Down time will begin at 6PM Eastern Time on Friday. Service is expected to resume by 6PM on Saturday, July 30.

home - login - register

PERC 2011 Abstract Detail Page

Previous Page  |  New Search  |  Browse All

Abstract Title: The effect of immigration status on physics identity and physical science career intentions
Abstract: Using data collected from a nationally-representative sample of first-year college students, we examine how students' identity development as physics persons and their likelihood to pursue a career in physical science is predicted by differing immigrant experiences. We consider broad factors having a social, economic, or cultural nature as covariates in a propensity score model that assesses differences due to immigrant generation. Our results show that, when controlling for such factors as race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, and gender, students' physics identities and the likelihood of choosing a career in physical science are significantly higher amongst first generation students than second generation (or later) students. We conclude that physical science as a career option can be influenced by the experiences of being an immigrant and through the relationship between origin and host culture.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Geoff Potvin
Department of Engineering & Science Education, and Department of Mathematical Sciences
Holtzendorff Hall
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Florin Lung
Department of Engineering & Science Education
Clemson University

Gerhard Sonnert
Science Education Department
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Philip M. Sadler
Science Education Department
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics