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Learning the right physics: Master’s students’™ negotiations of legitimacy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8180-5369
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
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Oral presentation
Abstract [en]

The last years have seen an increase in science education research focused on social identity. Studies of university physics education have used identity frameworks to address issues of gender and equality in transitions to and from University educations. This study highlights the specific situation of physics students starting on an international Master’s programme and the identity negotiations that take place there. With a poststructuralist discourse analytical framework, I analyse negotiations of legitimacy in interviews with first-semester Master’s students. Several themes emerge from the analysis, pointing out negotiations of legitimacy related to discourses about the perceived quality of educations from different universities, the central value of knowledge and ‘smartness’ in physics, and the ranking of different directions of physics along lines of ‘coolness’ or ‘smartness’. This relates to norms about masculinity connected to physics practices. In the ends my study contribute to a picture of a physics education discourse that is still constructing some positions as more ‘valued’ and legitimate than others, on grounds that partly appear unjustified and discriminatory.

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2017.
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Physical Sciences Gender Studies Educational Sciences
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Physics with specialization in Physics Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-328601OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-328601DiVA: diva2:1136370
Conference
ESERA 2017 Conference Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland 21st - 25th August 2017
Available from: 2017-08-28 Created: 2017-08-28 Last updated: 2017-08-28

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