Edna Tan

Edna Tan is a social science researcher in STEM education who uses qualitative approaches to explore issues of power and systemic injustices as they relate to identity. Her research uses the concepts of “identity work” and “identities in practice” (i.e. what youth do, say or perform) to understand how youth engage with STEM in ways that empower them and position them as valuable contributors in STEM.

You can watch this short video or download the full interview transcript below.

What is STEM identity? | Edna Tan

Edna Tan
Associate Professor of Science Education, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

"We found it more productive to think about 'identity work' rather than identity and also 'identities in practice'. This suggests it is more active and something that is fluid."