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The Epic and the Tragedy: Narratives of a Disabled Physics Student
written by Dan P. Oleynik, Erin M. Scanlon, and Jacquelyn J. Chini
In this paper, we present a case study with a disabled physics student to draw attention to his experiences in the physics community, and the barriers and supports that he experienced as he advanced through his physics career. Using a methodology of narrative analysis, we identify themes and genres within the stories told by the participant. Narratives are often created to explain the unexpected and to solve a problem. In the physics community, disabled students find their "differences" (i.e., disability/impairments) are often positioned as unexpected and a problem to be solved. We use narrative analysis to humanize disabled physics students and to highlight their lived experiences of progressing through the physics community over their perceived deviation from the physics "norm." From this, we create resources for physics mentors to increase their knowledge of disabled physics students' experiences and how to support accessibility and inclusion in the physics community
Physics Education Research Conference 2022
Part of the PER Conference series
Grand Rapids, MI: July 13-14, 2022
Pages 329-334
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Education - Basic Research
- Sample Population
= Special Need
- Societal Issues
- Student Characteristics
= Ability
= Affect
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2022.pr.Oleynik
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Metadata instance created September 7, 2022 by Lyle Barbato
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September 14, 2022 by Lyle Barbato
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2022 Notable Paper

Author: Lyle
Posted: May 15, 2024 at 2:12PM

This paper was one of five 2022 PERC Proceedings papers selected as notable by PERLOC and the Notable Papers subcommittee.

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D. Oleynik, E. Scanlon, and J. Chini, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16255&DocID=5624).
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D. Oleynik, E. Scanlon, and J. Chini, The Epic and the Tragedy: Narratives of a Disabled Physics Student, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16255&DocID=5624>.
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Oleynik, D., Scanlon, E., & Chini, J. (2022, July 13-14). The Epic and the Tragedy: Narratives of a Disabled Physics Student. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16255&DocID=5624
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Oleynik, D, E. Scanlon, and J. Chini. "The Epic and the Tragedy: Narratives of a Disabled Physics Student." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, July 13-14, 2022. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16255&DocID=5624 (accessed 21 May 2024).
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Oleynik, Dan P., Erin Scanlon, and Jacquelyn Chini. "The Epic and the Tragedy: Narratives of a Disabled Physics Student." Physics Education Research Conference 2022. Grand Rapids, MI: 2022. 329-334 of PER Conference. 21 May 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16255&DocID=5624>.
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