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Studying identity in discourse: From individuals to structure in physics education
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]

Recent studies in physics education research have focused on identity to answer questions about equality and gender. Identity is a concept with many definitions, and some approaches to using it may have an extensive focus on the individual’s navigation of already established norms. In my research, I employ a poststructuralist view of identity as constituted in discourse as one way of moving beyond stable binary categories and focusing on the construction of norms in physics education. Drawing from my studies of identity in university-level physics education, I show how discourse analysis enables a detailed study of both individual  negotiations of identity and the dominant discourses structuring individuals’ negotiations. Specific examples include: identity negotiations of students in a course in electromagnetism; the subject positions offered students in the dominant discourse of quantum physics courses; and negotiations of legitimacy among physics Master’s students. In the end, this approach means employing a student-centered perspective on educational systems to explore limitations and possibilities for a diversity of students in attending physics education at the university.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
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-328602OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-328602DiVA: diva2:1136372
Conference
ESERA 2017 Conference Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland 21st - 25th August 2017
Note

Part of symposium: Physics education and gender: Identity as an analytic lens for research

Available from: 2017-08-28 Created: 2017-08-28 Last updated: 2017-08-28

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