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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Amy D. Robertson and W. Tali Hairston
Within whiteness, the organization of social life is in terms of a center and margins that are based on dominance, control, and a transcendent figure that is consistently and structurally ascribed value over and above other figures. In this paper, we synthesize literature from Critical Whiteness Studies and Critical Race Theory to articulate analytic markers for whiteness, and use the markers to identify and analyze whiteness as it shows up in an introductory physics classroom interaction. We name mechanisms that facilitate the reproduction of whiteness in this local context, including a particular representation of energy, physics values, whiteboards, gendered social norms, and the structure of schooling. In naming whiteness and offering a set of analytic markers, our aim is to provide instructors and researchers with a tool for identifying whiteness in their own contexts. Alongside our discussion, which imagines new possibilities for physics teaching and learning, we hope our work contributes to Critical Whiteness Studies' goal of dismantling whiteness.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 010119
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010119
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CRT, Critical Race Theory, Critical Race Theory case study, gender equity, inclusivity, racial equity
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A. Robertson and W. Hairston, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (1), 010119 (2022), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010119).
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A. Robertson and W. Hairston, Observing whiteness in introductory physics: A case study, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18 (1), 010119 (2022), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010119>.
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Robertson, A., & Hairston, W. (2022, March 11). Observing whiteness in introductory physics: A case study. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 18(1), 010119. Retrieved May 22, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010119
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Robertson, Amy, and W. Tali Hairston. "Observing whiteness in introductory physics: A case study." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18, no. 1, (March 11, 2022): 010119, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010119 (accessed 22 May 2024).
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Robertson, Amy, and W. Tali Hairston. "Observing whiteness in introductory physics: A case study." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 18.1 (2022): 010119. 22 May 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.18.010119>.
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