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Abstract Title: Recognition always matters: A cross-sectional study of the physics identity of physics majors
Abstract: We extend research on physics identity beyond introductory physics by using five years of cross-sectional data collected from validated motivational surveys administered to physics majors throughout their undergraduate education and to the first year physics Ph.D. students at a large research university in the US. The responses of physics majors over time from their first year of the undergraduate curriculum through the first year of graduate school remain largely consistent, indicating that students are constantly adjusting their interpretation of the survey items to match the current level of expertise expected of them. Moreover, we find that, consistent with prior studies with introductory physics students, perceived recognition is the best predictor of physics identity for physics majors throughout their entire education in physics, pointing to the importance of physics instructors making a concerted effort to constantly recognize their students throughout.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: 3.A3

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kyle Whitcomb
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Pittsburgh, PA
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physics and Astronomy