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Abstract Title: Physics is Objective – or is it?
Abstract: Physics is widely perceived as an objective field. Students often echo that perception of physics as bias-free and not subject to human influence. In reality, a host of humans determine the focus of research, the projects that receive funding, and what is published. Using the Underrepresentation Curriculum, a freely available resource designed to bring conversations about equity to the classroom, students explore the question "is physics subjective or objective?" This work highlights students' ideas about the nature of physics and how those ideas may influence their orientation to the scientific community. We posit that the illumination of subjectivity in hard sciences can be a powerful tool for motivating classroom conversations of social justice.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B12

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Abigail R. Daane
South Seattle College
6000 16th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98106
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chris Gosling
McGill University

Moses Rifkin
University Prep

Johan Tabora
University of Illinois-Chicago

Danny Doucette
University of Pittsburgh