In the physics class: University physics students’ enactment of class and gender in the context of laboratory work
2014 (English)In: Cultural Studies of Science Education, ISSN 1871-1502, Vol. 9, no 2, 477-494 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article explores how the doing of social class and gender can intersect with the learning of science, through case studies of two male, working-class university students’ constitutions of identities as physics students. In doing so, I challenge the taken-for-granted notion that male physics students have an unproblematic relation to their chosen discipline, and nuance the picture of how working-class students relate to higher education by the explicit focus on one disciplinary culture. Working from the perspective of situated learning theory, the interviews with the two male students were analysed for how they negotiated the practice of the physics student laboratory and their own classed and gendered participation in this practice. By drawing on the heterogeneity of the practice of physics the two students were able to use the practical and technological aspects of physics as a gateway into the discipline. However, this is not to say that their participation in physics was completely frictionless. The students were both engaged in a continuous negotiation of how skills they had learned to value in the background may or may not be compatible with the ones they perceived to be valued in the university physicist community.
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2014. Vol. 9, no 2, 477-494 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-181319DOI: 10.1007/s11422-012-9421-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-181319DiVA: diva2:555768