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Abstract Title: Asking different questions: Critical Theory lessons for physics education
Abstract: The work of Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been taken up and expanded in various fields including education. One key CRT theme is racism as "normal science," the idea that it is ordinary and embedded in society. Another is interest convergence, the idea that advances in civil rights only happen when they also favor white people. I will argue that both of these themes can be observed in many physics departments today. They are also influential in physics education research. I will discuss examples using tenets from two related Critical Theory areas: Critical Disability Studies and DisCrit (Dis/Ability Critical Race Studies). Because racism and related power structures are so embedded in our academic institutions, it takes equally powerful tools to frame research studies that disrupt rather than support these hierarchies. Critical Theory is one place to find these tools.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Critical Theory as a Research Framework for Addressing Injustice in Physics Education
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II
Room: Cascade A

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Adrienne Traxler
Wright University