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Abstract Title: Examining reasons undergraduate women join physics
Abstract: This study examines survey data from 2,129 women undergraduates at CUWiP (Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics) in order to classify what led them to study physics. We use expectancy-value and self-efficacy theory to create a coding framework based on different types of value and efficacy expectations in order to group responses. We find that the most common attractions are social persuasion, which is due to pressure or persuasion from people around the students, and intrinsic value, which is related to the inherent value of engaging in physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session 2 Room D
Poster Number: 2D-9
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Maxwell Franklin
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Phone: 5855038778
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eric Brewe, Drexel University
Annette Ponnock, Yale University
Renee Michelle Goertzen, American Physical Society