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Teaching about Inequity: Shifts in Student Views about Diversity in Physics
written by Sierra R. Decker and Abigail R. Daane
In an introductory university physics course, we designed and taught an equity unit focused on the effects of race and culture on the physics community. The goals of the unit are to identify areas of subjectivity in physics, analyze statistics about who participates in physics, justify the need for racial equity in physics, describe how obstacles such as implicit bias and stereotype threat can influence who participates in physics classes and professions, and feel empowered to take action. Across two years, many students' written reflections indicated that their views about equity in physics shifted as a result of participation in this unit. These students' responses fell into three categories, views that: changed, gained awareness, or solidified. We see these results as encouraging for instructors who wish to shift the physics community towards actively pursuing social justice by explicitly addressing equity in physics courses.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 108-111
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Education - Basic Research
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- Societal Issues
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= Race Issues
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Decker, S., & Daane, A. (2017, July 26-27). Teaching about Inequity: Shifts in Student Views about Diversity in Physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved December 3, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14580&DocID=4757
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Decker, Sierra R., and Abigail Daane. "Teaching about Inequity: Shifts in Student Views about Diversity in Physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14580&DocID=4757 (accessed 3 December 2020).
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Decker, Sierra R., and Abigail Daane. "Teaching about Inequity: Shifts in Student Views about Diversity in Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 108-111 of PER Conference. 3 Dec. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14580&DocID=4757>.
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