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July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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Why Am I Here? The Development of a Physics Identity through Meaningful High School Physics Experiences
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 1:45 PM -2:15 PM
  Author: Zahra Hazari
Clemson University, Department of Engineering & Science Education
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: This talk addresses the ways in which high school physics experiences shape students' physics identities and their subsequent persistence, particularly for females and underrepresented minorities. The framework for this work is based upon the concept of a physics identity that is shaped by individuals' performance, competence, interest, and recognition by others. The talk will include results from multiple research studies, including a large national survey study and focused case studies of successful physics teachers (NSF Grant No. 0952460 and 0624444). In particular, the discussion will examine the link between physics identity and physics-related career choices, identify high school physics experiences that quantitatively predict physics identity development, and examine qualitatively what these strategies look like in the classrooms of successful high school physics teachers.
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