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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Callie Rethman, Jonathan D. Perry, Jonan Phillip Donaldson, Daniel Choi, and Tatiana L. Erukhimova
Physics outreach programs provide a critical context for informal experiences that promote the transition from new student to contributing physicist. Prior studies have suggested a positive link between participation in informal physics outreach programs and the development of a student's physics identity. In this study, we adopt a student-focused investigation to explore the effects of informal programs on dimensions of physics identity, sense of community, 21st century skill development, and motivation. We employed a mixed methods study combining a survey instrument (117 responses) and interviews (35) with current and former undergraduate and graduate students who participated in five programs through a physics and astronomy department at a large land-grant university. To examine interviews, we employed a framework based on situated learning theory, transformative learning theory, and the dynamic systems model of role identity. Our findings, based on self-reported data, show that students who facilitated informal physics programs positively developed their physics identity, experienced increased sense of belonging to the physics community, and developed 21st century career skills. Specifically, students reported positive benefits to their communication, teamwork and networking, and design skills. The benefits of these programs can be achieved by departments of any size without significant commitment of funds or changes to curriculum.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 17, Issue 2, Pages 020110
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authentic instruction, experiential learning, motivational theory, situated learning theory
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C. Rethman, J. Perry, J. Donaldson, D. Choi, and T. Erukhimova, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17 (2), 020110 (2021), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.020110).
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C. Rethman, J. Perry, J. Donaldson, D. Choi, and T. Erukhimova, Impact of informal physics programs on university student development: Creating a physicist, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17 (2), 020110 (2021), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.020110>.
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Rethman, C., Perry, J., Donaldson, J., Choi, D., & Erukhimova, T. (2021, August 20). Impact of informal physics programs on university student development: Creating a physicist. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 17(2), 020110. Retrieved May 23, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.020110
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Rethman, C, J. Perry, J. Donaldson, D. Choi, and T. Erukhimova. "Impact of informal physics programs on university student development: Creating a physicist." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17, no. 2, (August 20, 2021): 020110, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.020110 (accessed 23 May 2024).
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Rethman, Callie, Jonathan D. Perry, Jonan Phillip Donaldson, Daniel Choi, and Tatiana L. Erukhimova. "Impact of informal physics programs on university student development: Creating a physicist." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17.2 (2021): 020110. 23 May 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.020110>.
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