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Mark Akubo

Postdoctoral Researcher

My research work here at Cornell examines small group discourses in undergraduate physicsinstructional 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 studentagency in knowledge-building and their framing of disciplinary discourses, as well asinterconnections between equity and framing of discourses across multiple groups. While in thedoctoral program at Florida State University, I drew on socio-cultural and single casemethodologies to study gender dynamics, and students epistemic agency as they constructknowledge in their small groups.


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