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Towards the Measurement of Undergraduate Students' Physics Identity
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 2:25 PM -2:35 PM
  Author: Geoff Potvin
Department of Engineering & Science Education, and Department of Mathematical Sciences
  Co-Author(s): Carrie Beattie , Kylie Paige
  Abstract: Prior research has found that students' attitudes toward physics, as embodied in their "physics identity," may play a strong role in their choices toward future physics course-taking and the likelihood of their choosing physics as a college major. Theoretical work in this area has identified several domains that constitute and influence physics identity; however, to date, quantitative research in this direction has not been based in an appropriate theoretical framework while establishing valid and reliable measures of relevant constructs. In the current work, we report on progress toward the establishment of a rigorously tested, theoretically grounded instrument to measure physics identity and its related subconstructs. Evidence for the reliability and validity of this instrument, including exploratory factor analyses, is provided using pilot data taken from 300 college students enrolled in one of two courses: introductory physics for physical science or life science majors.
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