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Negative impacts of an unwelcoming physics environment on undergraduate women
written by Lisabeth M. Santana and Chandralekha Singh
This research focuses on the experiences of three undergraduate white women who are physics and astronomy majors. Specifically we conducted semi-structured, empathetic interviews which reveal how uncomfortable physics environments inside and outside of the classroom exclude undergraduate women. The women give accounts of the behaviors of their male peers and instructors that influenced the physics culture. We use standpoint theory to focus on the experiences of undergraduate women to provide a holistic perspective of physics as well as identify key issues that these women faced in their undergraduate physics program and potential strategies to implement in the future to support undergraduate women in physics and astronomy. Some of their suggestions include providing mentoring for women, holding members of the department accountable, providing feedback for instructors, and training sessions.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 377-383
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Learning Environment
- School Improvement
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
= Social Interaction
- Sample Population
= Gender
- Societal Issues
= Cultural Issues
= Gender Issues
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2021.pr.Santana
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1806691
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PERC 2021
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Metadata instance created October 4, 2021 by Lyle Barbato
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October 7, 2021 by Lyle Barbato
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L. Santana and C. Singh, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15784&DocID=5513).
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L. Santana and C. Singh, Negative impacts of an unwelcoming physics environment on undergraduate women, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15784&DocID=5513>.
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Santana, L., & Singh, C. (2021, August 4-5). Negative impacts of an unwelcoming physics environment on undergraduate women. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved November 27, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15784&DocID=5513
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Santana, Lisabeth M., and Chandralekha Singh. "Negative impacts of an unwelcoming physics environment on undergraduate women." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15784&DocID=5513 (accessed 27 November 2022).
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Santana, Lisabeth M., and Chandralekha Singh. "Negative impacts of an unwelcoming physics environment on undergraduate women." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 377-383 of PER Conference. 27 Nov. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15784&DocID=5513>.
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