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Abstract Title: STEP UP: The Impact of a Women in Physics Lesson on Students’ Figured Worlds
Abstract: STEP UP is a national community focused on recruiting women into physics. Two lessons have been developed for high school physics teachers to implement in their physics curriculum. This work focuses on the Women in Physics lesson. Students complete a homework assignment prior to the lesson in which they reflect on the portrayal of women in physics. Classroom discussion is built around an interactive presentation that includes information about the underrepresentation of women in physics today and its causes. The presentation is designed to elicit students' personal experiences. Following the class discussion, students write an essay about how they perceive society's influence on women's career decisions and on their own individual career choices. By analyzing students' written work using a figured worlds framework, we examine students' views before and after the lesson. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1720810, 1720869, 1720917, and 1721021.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A15

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Keely Scott
Texas A&M University-Commerce
and Co-Presenter(s)
Conner Kelley, Robynne M. Lock