Studying Youths’ Disciplinary Identities Over Time: A New (Evolving) Model

Lacey D. Huffling, Georgia Southern University
Aerin W. Benavides, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Heidi Carlone, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Catherine Matthews, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Presentation co-presented by Georgia Southern faculty member Lacey D. Huffling with Aerin Benavides, Heidi Carlone, and Catherine Matthews at North American Association of Environmental Education Research Symposium, virtual conference due to Hurricane Marie impacts on Puerto Rico.


Could a summer enrichment program focused on field studies of reptiles and amphibians have an enduring effect on diverse youths’ disciplinary identities? This session prompts discussion about a new model of disciplinary identity and an accompanying longitudinal study of 220 diverse high school youths’ triggered and sustained EE-linked identities.