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Abstract Title: STEP UP: Analyzing Student Perceptions of Physics Following a Career in Physics Lesson
Abstract: Prior research indicates that one barrier to pursuing a STEM degree is lack of alignment between perceptions of a STEM career and personal goals. The Careers in Physics lesson developed for the STEP UP project directly addresses this. In the lesson, students explore the profiles of modern day physicists and the many career options available to physics majors. Students then connect physics to their own career aspirations. In this study, students' career goals are analyzed under the framework of agentic and communal goals. We examine to what extent the lesson communicates that communal goals align with physics and how this perception varies with gender. Data collected include student open-ended survey responses, survey items, and student work such as a career profile in which students envision themselves achieving their career goals with a physics degree.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B14
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Thomas Blake Head
Texas A&M University - Commerce
13 Amy Lane
Texarkana, TX 75503
Phone: 9032445040
and Co-Presenter(s)
Robynne Lock - Texas A&M University - Commerce
Raina Khatri - Florida International University
Zahra Hazari - Florida International University
Geoff Potvin - Florida International University