Title: Physics educators’ equity framings beyond access and achievement
Dr. Tra Huynh, University of Washington - Bothell
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 3:00pm on Zoom
A framing of equity is the lens through which one defines equity, identifies inequity, and makes action toward advancing equity. In this work, we adapt an equity framework by Gutierrez, which defines equity along four dimensions of access, achievement, identity, and power, to study highschool physics teachers’ conceptions of equity in the context of Energy and Equity workshop. We found that access and achievement aspects of equity are more accessible to the teachers than power and identity. Furthermore, identity is often regarded as obstacles or disadvantages that limit equitable access and outcomes, rather than assets for a transformative approach towards power. For example, when working with English language learners, teachers often focus their equity effort solely on helping students overcome language barriers, rather than taking opportunities to integrate potential ways of sense-making grounded in their own culture. Within the scope of this seminar, I hope to facilitate a discussion for us, educators and researchers, to reflect on our own equity framings and what that would imply for our teaching and research agenda.