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Abstract Title: Students navigation between multiple physics identities
Abstract: Becoming a physicist involves learning to be part of multiple physics communities. In this enculturation process, students socially interact with these communities to develop physicist identities and understanding of what it means and takes to be a physicist. At the same time, students also mediate potential mismatches that can cause conflict between their physics communities and personal communities. In each of these communities, students develop identities that inform and are influenced by their participation and membership. However, because the students are physicist in multiple communities, we use the notion of a nexus of multi-membership to consider their collection of identities and how students navigate between them. In this study, we present case studies of five female students from underrepresented groups in physics in ethnicity or as first-generation college students. By examining the collection of identities, the impact of family and cultural conflicts on their identity development is highlighted.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Identity Development in Physics

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Sissi L. Li
California State University Fullerton
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Fullerton, CA 92831
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