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Abstract Title: Longitudinal analysis of a student’s identity trajectory within the physics community
Abstract: We study how undergraduate physics majors develop identities within the physics community. In this talk, we present a longitudinal case study of a single student, Cassidy. As a white woman and older transfer student, Cassidy held multiple intersecting nondominant identities in undergraduate physics which contributed to her unique experiences of marginalization. We analyzed Cassidy's experience through two constructs: 1) her perception of "normative identities," the accepted and valued roles within physics, and 2) her personal identity as it plays out in the physics community. We found that Cassidy experienced shifts in both her personal identity and her perceptions of normative identities. Because these shifts resulted in greater alignment between personal and perceived normative identities, they contributed to her deeper participation in the physics community. Finally, we discuss implications for future research and programmatic design.
Abstract Type: Juried Talk
Parallel Session: Juried Talks I
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster I
Room: Cascade A

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Gina M. Quan
San José State University
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chandra A. Turpen; Andrew Elby