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Embracing subjectivity in physics to support student empowerment
written by Andrea Wooley, Randeep Basara, and Abigail R. Daane
Descriptions of the Nature of Science are in contrast with the widespread notion that "physics" is objective, unaffected by human influence. To better understand students' thinking about the nature of physics, we taught a lesson from the Underrepresentation Curriculum and collected written responses before and after in-class discussion about the nature of physics. In this manuscript, we share student responses about the presence of subjectivity in physics and relate them to commonly accepted ideas about the Nature of Science. Students tend to describe physics without reference to human influence. After discussing subjectivity, many students identify that while physical properties may be objective, human interpretation, biases, and values influence physics as well. Some students also consider our understanding of physics as incomplete. These discussions are a first step towards increasing awareness of structural and individual subjectivity. We believe this will ultimately support a more equitable, robust scientific community.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 450-455
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Education - Basic Research
- Societal Issues
- Student Characteristics
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General Physics
- Philosophy
- Lower Undergraduate
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A. Wooley, R. Basara, and A. Daane, Embracing subjectivity in physics to support student empowerment, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15796&DocID=5525>.
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Wooley, A., Basara, R., & Daane, A. (2021, August 4-5). Embracing subjectivity in physics to support student empowerment. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved December 5, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15796&DocID=5525
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Wooley, A, R. Basara, and A. Daane. "Embracing subjectivity in physics to support student empowerment." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15796&DocID=5525 (accessed 5 December 2022).
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Wooley, Andrea, Randeep Basara, and Abigail Daane. "Embracing subjectivity in physics to support student empowerment." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 450-455 of PER Conference. 5 Dec. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15796&DocID=5525>.
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