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Title: Redefining Energy Justice in Physics Classrooms
Energy is one of the fundamental topics taught in high school physics. However, energy continues to betaught as an abstract concept that removes itself from the social implications energy systems have onsociety, in particular toward Indigenous communities. Given the importance of integrating discussionsaround equity into our science courses, in this study we propose a way in which energy justice can beredefined and included in physics classrooms. Redefining energy justice into physics classrooms allows usto connect energy justice to existing energy physics curriculum and lessons plans. In Summer 2020, 22physics teachers participated in a professional development that centered on discussions around energyand equity. We analyzed and coded teachers’ dialogues and conversations around energy and equity toidentify energy justice pillars. The energy justice pillars we identified formed the basis of an energy justiceframework that redefines energy justice for physics classrooms. This energy justice framework allows usto bridge the separation between physics and social justice, as they continue to be viewed as two separateschools of thought in the field of physics.
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