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What makes a person a physicist? Learning Assistant and physics major views
written by Jason T. Starita, Gary D. White, and Tiffany-Rose Sikorski
Using the theoretical framework of community of practice and physics identity, we investigate student perceptions of the physics community and competency among undergraduates at George Washington University, a mid-sized private research university. We analyze fifteen interviews of students belonging to three different populations: physics majors who are not Learning Assistants (LAs), physics majors who are LAs, and LAs who are not physics majors. By analyzing themes in participants' interview responses, we hope to better understand student perceptions of community. In general, physics majors report that they do not perceive themselves as physicists because they do not yet have, in their view, the competencies of professional physicists, yet the rigidity with which they hold onto this perspective is somewhat setting dependent.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 509-514
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Careers
Education - Basic Research
- Societal Issues
= Cultural Issues
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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J. Starita, G. White, and T. Sikorski, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15534&DocID=5382).
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J. Starita, G. White, and T. Sikorski, What makes a person a physicist? Learning Assistant and physics major views, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15534&DocID=5382>.
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Starita, J., White, G., & Sikorski, T. (2020, July 22-23). What makes a person a physicist? Learning Assistant and physics major views. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved September 18, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15534&DocID=5382
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Starita, J, G. White, and T. Sikorski. "What makes a person a physicist? Learning Assistant and physics major views." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15534&DocID=5382 (accessed 18 September 2020).
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Starita, Jason T., Gary D. White, and Tiffany-Rose Sikorski. "What makes a person a physicist? Learning Assistant and physics major views." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 509-514 of PER Conference. 18 Sep. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15534&DocID=5382>.
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