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Understanding Women's Gendered Experiences in Physics and Astronomy Through Microaggressions
written by Ramón S. Barthelemy, Melinda McCormick, and Charles R. Henderson
The issue of women's representation and success in physics has been an important area of investigation in the physics education research community. Much of the research attempting to explore this area has focused on educational gender differences in the classroom, references to chilly climates, and work-life balance. Almost no research has specifically talked about issues of gender discrimination. This article begins such an area of research by focusing on the gender discrimination experienced by women in graduate physics and astronomy programs through the lens of microaggressions; which are subtle daily acts of discrimination. Findings indicate that women are often unconsciously ignored by male colleagues, suffer from conscious discriminatory comments, and find themselves ignored when seeking resolution to these issues. Their experiences can be understood and organized in the three main microaggression constructs: microinsults, microaggressions, and microinvalidations. This organization helps to develop a language to discuss these issues in physics and facilitate future research in the field.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 35-38
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Education Foundations
- Behavior
= Social Interaction
- Sample Population
= Gender: Female
- Societal Issues
= Cultural Issues
= Gender Issues
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Graduate/Professional
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= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.005
PACS:
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
PERC 2014, Women in Physics, discrimination, gender, microaggressions
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Metadata instance created April 24, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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R. Barthelemy, M. McCormick, and C. Henderson, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13442&DocID=4041).
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R. Barthelemy, M. McCormick, and C. Henderson, Understanding Women's Gendered Experiences in Physics and Astronomy Through Microaggressions, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13442&DocID=4041>.
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Barthelemy, R., McCormick, M., & Henderson, C. (2014, July 30-31). Understanding Women's Gendered Experiences in Physics and Astronomy Through Microaggressions. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved December 15, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13442&DocID=4041
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Barthelemy, R, M. McCormick, and C. Henderson. "Understanding Women's Gendered Experiences in Physics and Astronomy Through Microaggressions." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13442&DocID=4041 (accessed 15 December 2017).
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Barthelemy, Ramón, Melinda McCormick, and Charles Henderson. "Understanding Women's Gendered Experiences in Physics and Astronomy Through Microaggressions." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 35-38 of PER Conference. 15 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13442&DocID=4041>.
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