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ERIC Number: EJ1113982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0162-5748
Who Am I versus Who Can I Become? Exploring Women's Science Identities in STEM Ph.D. Programs
Szelényi, Katalin; Bresonis, Kate; Mars, Matthew M.
Review of Higher Education, v40 n1 p1-31 Fall 2016
This article explores the science identities of 21 women STEM Ph.D. students at three research universities in the United States. Following a narrative approach, the findings depict five salient science identities, including those of a) academic, b) entrepreneurial, c) industrial, and d) policy scientist and e) scientist as community educator. Our study links the five science identities to epistemological approaches in knowledge creation and application and describes the ways in which women STEM doctoral students verified their identities in reaction to various social structures. Conclusions relate the concepts of identity confirmation, suppression, and flexibility to implications for policy and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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