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Mark Akubo

Postdoctoral Associate (2021-2023)

(Former Postdoctoral Associate in the Holmes Lab)

My research work here at Cornell examines small group discourses in undergraduate physics instructional labs within inquiry-based pedagogies centering. I employ discourse analysis inorder to gain insight into (in)equity, small group and gender dynamics. I also engage in fine-grain analysis of the discourses in small groups to explore interconnections between student agency in knowledge-building and their framing of disciplinary discourses, as well as interconnections between equity and framing of discourses across multiple groups. While in the doctoral program at Florida State University, I drew on socio-cultural and single case methodologies to study gender dynamics, and students epistemic agency as they construct knowledge in their small groups.


Equity, epistemological framing, positioning, physics identity, intersectionality, discourse analysis.