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Abstract Title: “What Are You?” – Considerations and Best Practices in Operationalizing Identity through Demographic Variables
Abstract: In our research, we frequently ask participants to disclose aspects of their identities through demographic questions. The ways that we operationalize identity, i.e. how we pose questions, collect responses, and analyze the data, may impact respondents and influence interpretations of the data available to researchers. One major consideration is our participants: checking boxes may feel stressful, generalizing, or mischaracterizing of identity elements that they consider important. Another consideration is the consumers of our research: how do our characterizations of participants reify or challenge problematic U.S. societal narratives? Yet, we must collect demographic information to address some research questions focused on diversity. This session will serve as a forum to discuss methods and guidelines for operationalizing identity, guided by current methods used by researchers, to develop and share best practices for quantitative physics education research on diversity. Aspects of identity discussed will be race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and disability.
Abstract Type: Workshop

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brian Zamarripa Roman
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816
Phone: 9153292641
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jacquelyn J. Chini, University of Central Florida
Angela Little, Michigan State University
Chandra Turpen, University of Maryland
Adrienne Traxler, Wright State University
Jacqueline Doyle, Florida International University