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Identity Development and Agency in Physics for young women



In the identi<phy> project we seek to support and empower young women in their physics engagement. We focus on the physics enrichment program, the physics Olympiad, since these young women are most likely to pursue and succeed in physics careers.

The most important aspect is how young women construe and develop their physics identities in the course of their high school education. We examine aspects of physics identity development in interviews with the most successful young women in high school physics in Germany. These young women can promote our understanding of what particular issues the young women face in their engagement in physics and what helps them most to be so successful. In close alignment with this study we actively empower the young women in a specially designed seminar program in the physics Olympiad. This seminar program implements features of physics identity research in order to empower the young women.

 Peter Wulf