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Explorations into undergraduate student science identity in General Chemistry and Biology.

a Chemistry Departmental Seminar presented by Katy Hosbein (MTSU)

Science identity, as defined by James Paul Gee, is “being recognized as a certain ‘kind of person’ in a given context”. There is evidence to support that science and discipline-specific identities impact students’ persistence in STEM and is especially impactful to the persistence of students with marginalized identities. While there are descriptions of science identity within the literature, the theoretical framework remains convoluted. Results from two projects will be presented. The first expanded on an existing physics identity framework to operationalize the framework to science and chemistry and to situate it within existing psychological constructs. The psychological constructs and updated science and chemistry identity framework will be discussed. The second project explores how first-generation students within a General Chemistry or Biology course define and describe science identity. Preliminary results will be discussed. Outcomes from this project will help to inform how to create learning environments that support meaningful science identity development.

Dr. Katy Hosbein is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Middle Tennessee University. Her current research projects aim to better understand how students develop a science identity in various STEM contexts. She has a Masters degree in Chemistry, where she studied the diagnosis of protective coating quality on sculptures using non-destructive techniques. Dr. Hosbein earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2019 from Portland State University where she researched aspects of student science and chemistry identity within general and organic chemistry courses.  She then completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one at East Carolina University, where her research focused on assessing student competence in scientific practices through Argument-Driven Inquiry, and the other at the University of Michigan, where she investigated the implementation of culturally relevant education by teachers within an Indigenous community in Alaska.

Thursday, April 4 at 4:00pm

Linus Pauling Science Center, 402
2900 SW Campus Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

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College of Science, Department of Chemistry
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Luanne Johnson

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