Senior Lecturer in Engineering Education ResearchCommunication and Learning in Science.
My research is focused on diversity and inclusion in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. In my PhD project I studied norms around identity constructions for physics students, addressing questions of what it means to become a physicist, and how this affects who feels attracted to, welcomed in, and encouraged by physics. Who do you become when you become a physicist?
My current work focuses on recruitment efforts to STEM education. I am surveying projects directed towards schools with the goal of enhancing learning and interest in science, initiated by external stakeholders such as universities and foundations. I am also involved in a project studying the pathways of “unlikely” newcomers to university STEM education.
I aim to relate specific activities aimed at encouraging young people to study STEM to general policy initiatives for increasing STEM participation, and address questions such as: How are narratives about shortages in the STEM workforce connected to calls for widened recruitment? How does this impact on young people engaging in STEM education?
In general, my research aims at approaching the questions of who and what STEM education is for in a critical way.
My research methods are mainly qualitative and interpretative, with a focus on discourse analysis.
Published: Fri 06 Nov 2020.
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