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Abstract Title: Interdisciplinary Affinity: Definitions and Connections to Physics Identity
Abstract: Though there has been much progress in research on interdisciplinarity over the last decades, two significant limitations still exist. First, there are inconsistent definitions of what interdisciplinarity is. Second, definitions are limited to performance elements. In a break from this prior work, and building on promising preliminary work, we seek to define interdisciplinary affinity, a measure of students' self reported interests and beliefs about interdisciplinarity. Based on hypothesized dimensions of interdisciplinarity, we draw on a large-scale national survey to build a useful measure of interdisciplinary affinity. Also, building on prior work, we investigate relationships between interdisciplinarity and physics and general STEM identities. This work will also examine the connections between interdisciplinary affinity and the interest and recognition dimensions of physics identity.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Tyler D. Scott
Clemson University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Zahra Hazari (Florida International University)
Geoff Potvin (Florida International University)
Gerhard Sonnert (Harvard University)
Philip Sadler (Harvard University)

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