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Gender effects in perceived recognition as a physicist and physics identity
written by Ewan Bottomley, Kenneth I. Mavor, Paula J. Miles, Antje Kohnle, and Vivienne Wild
This study investigated gender differences in perceived recognition as a physicist and its relation to physics identity. We surveyed 688 physics majors (228 women, 460 men) at a research-intensive university in the UK at both the lower and upper undergraduate levels with items measuring perceived recognition and physics identity. Similar to other studies, we find that women report lower recognition as a physicist from their instructors, families and friends compared to men. In contrast, there were no gender differences in students' perceptions of friends asking them for their advice/input in physics-related problems. Perceived recognition from instructors was lower than recognition from family and friends for both men and women. We find that both perceived recognition from instructors and physics identity are significantly lesser for upper level students compared with lower level students. Multiple linear regressions for men and women students individually found that both perceived recognition from instructors and from family/friends predicted students' physics identity. These results may indicate a shift in students' understanding of what it means to be a physicist as they progress through the degree program. The results point to further research being needed to understand better the mechanism by which students form perceptions of instructors seeing them as physics people.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 51-56
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
- Sample Population
= Gender
- Societal Issues
= Cultural Issues
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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E. Bottomley, K. Mavor, P. Miles, A. Kohnle, and V. Wild, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15724&DocID=5458).
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E. Bottomley, K. Mavor, P. Miles, A. Kohnle, and V. Wild, Gender effects in perceived recognition as a physicist and physics identity, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15724&DocID=5458>.
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Bottomley, E., Mavor, K., Miles, P., Kohnle, A., & Wild, V. (2021, August 4-5). Gender effects in perceived recognition as a physicist and physics identity. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved December 5, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15724&DocID=5458
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Bottomley, E, K. Mavor, P. Miles, A. Kohnle, and V. Wild. "Gender effects in perceived recognition as a physicist and physics identity." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15724&DocID=5458 (accessed 5 December 2022).
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Bottomley, Ewan, Kenneth I. Mavor, Paula J. Miles, Antje Kohnle, and Vivienne Wild. "Gender effects in perceived recognition as a physicist and physics identity." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 51-56 of PER Conference. 5 Dec. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15724&DocID=5458>.
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