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Dr. Eleanor Sayre
Kansas State University
 Eleanor Sayre
Students Develop Identity as Physicists
102 Cardwell Hall
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
4:30 p.m.


A major goal of undergraduate education in physics is the development of new physicists.  In this talk, I present our theoretical framework for identity which combines technical content knowledge with social and cultural indicators. I outline three ways that my research lab investigates student identity development in physics: students' developing content knowledge in physics classes, what it means to "think like a physicist", and how students build communities of practice in physics courses.