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Framing the Pursuit of a Physics Degree as a Hero's Journey
written by Gabriel R. Mestas and Hunter G. Close
Students today face a reality of ever-increasing chaos. A sense of personal direction can be difficult to attain, especially in the murk of pursuing a degree as rigorous and attention-demanding as physics. Our project aims to frame the pursuit of a physics degree as a hero's journey (Campbell, 1949) in order to design discussion points for undergraduates to consider their experiences from an archetypal view. Our intent is to connect students with timeless and emergent mythological forms that are images of a universal psychology. In this paper, we coordinate stages of the hero's journey with various subjective experiences from undergraduate STEM students, as reported in "Talking About Leaving", (Seymour & Hewitt, 1997), with supplements from the theory of optimal experience "flow", (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990). Our ultimate goal is to help students understand their experience studying physics in ways that promote productive, responsible, proud, and mentally healthy engagement within their academic and social lives.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 384-389
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G. Mestas and H. Close, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15304&DocID=5216).
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G. Mestas and H. Close, Framing the Pursuit of a Physics Degree as a Hero's Journey, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15304&DocID=5216>.
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Mestas, G., & Close, H. (2019, July 24-25). Framing the Pursuit of a Physics Degree as a Hero's Journey. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved October 22, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15304&DocID=5216
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Mestas, Gabriel R., and Hunter Close. "Framing the Pursuit of a Physics Degree as a Hero's Journey." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15304&DocID=5216 (accessed 22 October 2021).
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Mestas, Gabriel R., and Hunter Close. "Framing the Pursuit of a Physics Degree as a Hero's Journey." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 384-389 of PER Conference. 22 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15304&DocID=5216>.
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