Paul Irving publishes paper on physics identity

Published December 16, 2016

Assistant Professor Paul Irving published on a set of case-studies that unpack how undergraduate physics majors may develop a physics subject specific identity. 

The paper, which appears in Cultural Studies in Science Education, describes three students who offer unique perspectives on their path towards developing a physics identity. The paper illustrates that these pathways are not unidirectional and can have forward progress and regressions as students navigate these pathways. A summary of this work was also recently published in Physics Today. A branch of Prof. Irving's research uses the lenses of Identity and Communities of Practice to understand how undergraduate students persist in the physics major. This work was completed in collaboration with Prof. Eleanor Sayre at Kansas State University.