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Investigating Physics Faculty’s Reasoning about Inequities in Undergraduate Physics Education
written by Chandra Turpen, Angela Little, and Vashti Sawtelle
Grappling with inequities in physics learning is a central responsibility of physics instructors, yet little is known about how faculty do this important work. In a pilot interview study with twelve physics faculty, we asked faculty about: (a) their awareness of student experiences with bias, discrimination, and hardship and (b) the fairness of various common classroom instructional practices. Our analysis of three case studies shows faculty noticing inequities in their own classrooms and listening carefully to students' experiences with racialized, gendered, and/or socioeconomic injustices. We find that this listening and noticing supports faculty in: (1) taking actions to shift classroom dynamics, (2) reinterpreting themselves in relation to physics and critiquing physics culture, (3) linking up students with institutional resources, and (4) critiquing institutional practices. Therefore, we argue that faculty's listening and noticing not only supports faculty growth, but also has the potential to impact students, and the systems that students are embedded in.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 396-399
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
- Societal Issues
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= Gender Issues
= Race Issues
- Teacher Characteristics
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
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10.1119/perc.2017.pr.094
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PERC 2017, cultural bias, faculty awareness, instructional bias
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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C. Turpen, A. Little, and V. Sawtelle, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14654&DocID=4831).
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C. Turpen, A. Little, and V. Sawtelle, Investigating Physics Faculty’s Reasoning about Inequities in Undergraduate Physics Education, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14654&DocID=4831>.
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Turpen, C., Little, A., & Sawtelle, V. (2017, July 26-27). Investigating Physics Faculty’s Reasoning about Inequities in Undergraduate Physics Education. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved December 1, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14654&DocID=4831
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Turpen, C, A. Little, and V. Sawtelle. "Investigating Physics Faculty’s Reasoning about Inequities in Undergraduate Physics Education." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14654&DocID=4831 (accessed 1 December 2020).
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Turpen, Chandra, Angela Little, and Vashti Sawtelle. "Investigating Physics Faculty’s Reasoning about Inequities in Undergraduate Physics Education." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 396-399 of PER Conference. 1 Dec. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14654&DocID=4831>.
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