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Abstract Title: Preliminary evidence for available roles in mixed-gender and all-women lab groups
Abstract: Group work during lab instruction can be a source of inequity between male and female students. In this preliminary study, we explored the activities male and female students take on during a lab session at a university in Denmark. Different from many studies, the class was majority-female, so three of the seven groups were all female and the rest were mixed-gender. We found that students in mixed-gender groups divide tasks in similar ways to mixed-gender groups at North American institutions, with men handling the equipment and women handling the computer more often. We also found that women in single-gender groups took on each of the available roles with approximately equal frequency. We interpret the results through poststructual gender theory and the notion of 'doing physics' and 'doing gender' in physics labs.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: 3.F1

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Natasha Holmes
Cornell University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Z. Yasemin Kalender, Cornell University