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Physics Career Intentions: The Effect of Physics Identity, Math Identity, and Gender
written by Robynne M. Lock, Zahra Hazari, and Geoff Potvin
Although nearly half of high school physics students are female, only 21% of physics bachelor's degrees are earned by women. Using data from a national survey of college students in introductory English courses (on science-related experiences, particularly in high school), we examine the influence of students' physics and math identities on their choice to pursue a physics career. Males have higher math and physics identities than females in all three dimensions of our identity framework. These dimensions include: performance/competence (perceptions of ability to perform/understand), recognition (perception of recognition by others), and interest (desire to learn more). A regression model predicting students' intentions to pursue physics careers shows, as expected, that males are significantly more likely to choose physics than females. Surprisingly, however, when physics and math identity are included in the model, females are shown to be equally likely to choose physics careers as compared to males.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 262-265
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© 2012 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.4789702
NSF Number:
1036617
PACSs:
01.30.Cc
01.40.Fk
01.85.+f
89.65.Ef
Keywords:
Epistemology, PERC 2012, career choice, gender, identity, math, survey
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R. Lock, Z. Hazari, and G. Potvin, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12829&DocID=3362).
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R. Lock, Z. Hazari, and G. Potvin, Physics Career Intentions: The Effect of Physics Identity, Math Identity, and Gender, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12829&DocID=3362>.
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Lock, R., Hazari, Z., & Potvin, G. (2012, August 1-2). Physics Career Intentions: The Effect of Physics Identity, Math Identity, and Gender. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved December 14, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12829&DocID=3362
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Lock, R, Z. Hazari, and G. Potvin. "Physics Career Intentions: The Effect of Physics Identity, Math Identity, and Gender." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12829&DocID=3362 (accessed 14 December 2017).
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Lock, Robynne, Zahra Hazari, and Geoff Potvin. "Physics Career Intentions: The Effect of Physics Identity, Math Identity, and Gender." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 262-265 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 14 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12829&DocID=3362>.
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