Shut Up and Calculate: Becoming a Quantum Physicist
2016 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
Educating new generations of physicists is often seen as a matter of attracting good students, teaching them physics and making sure that they graduate. Sometimes, questions are also raised about what could be done to increase diversity in recruitment. Our qualitative study of introductory quantum physics courses in Sweden, instead asks what it means to become a physicist, and whether certain ways of becoming a physicist and doing physics is privileged in this process. The results show that, although students have high and diverse expectations of the courses, a pronounced focus on techniques of calculation seem to place students in a position where the only right way of doing quantum physics is “shutting up and calculating.” This raises questions of how best to accommodate varying student motivations and make different ways of being a physicist possible.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Physical Sciences Gender Studies Educational Sciences
Research subject Physics with specialization in Physics Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-300835OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-300835DiVA: diva2:952621
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