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Abstract Title: An uncommon case of relevance through everyday experiences
Abstract: Physics education research has probed for the relevance of physics in students' everyday lives. Attitudinal and epistemological surveys have asked students if they think of or use physics in their daily lives. We have previously documented how it is uncommon that our life science students describe using or even seeing physics in their daily life (Nair et al., 2017). This result was unsurprising and aligns with previous scholarship of students majoring in disciplines outside of physics; we have argued that it is optimistic for scholars to expect students with disciplinary homes outside of physics to see their experiences through a lens of physics. Methodologically, we searched for a contrasting case (Sam). Sam is majoring in the life sciences and articulates moments where she uses physics to reason through everyday phenomena. We explore the ways in which courses can support students like Sam to find physics relevant to their everyday experiences.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C57
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Abhilash Nair
Michigan State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Vashti Sawtelle, Michigan State University