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Abstract Title: What makes a person a physicist? Learning Assistant and physics major views
Abstract: Using the theoretical framework of community of practice and physics identity, we investigate student perceptions of the physics community and competency among undergraduates at a mid-sized private research university. We analyze fifteen interviews of students belonging to three different populations: physics majors who are not Learning Assistants (LAs), physics majors who are LAs, and LAs who are not physics majors. By comparing the language used by participants, we hope to better understand student perceptions of community. In general, physics majors report that they do not perceive themselves as physicists because they do not yet have, in their view, the competencies of professional physicists, yet the rigidity with which they hold onto this perspective is somewhat setting dependent.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: 2.B3
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jason T. Starita
George Washington University
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 9084008891
and Co-Presenter(s)
Gary D. White - George Washington University
Tiffany-Rose Sikorski - George Washington University