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You pick my brain and I'll pick yours: a pilot case study of research-practice partnership in an informal physics space
written by Dena Izadi, Isabella Gennuso, and Margaret F. Sherriffs
Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) is recognized as a valuable tool for generating actionable research and improving educational practices by involving practitioners and researchers in both research and the implementation of research findings. However, creating and maintaining such partnerships is challenging; it requires time and financial resources, and a team with diverse expertise and high commitment. Despite their wide recognition in educational fields, RPPs are under-studied in physics education research and literature in informal physics programs is sparse. In this paper, we present a case study of RPP between a physics education researcher and an informal physics practitioner. We describe the development and maintenance of this partnership and use qualitative and ethnographic methods to investigate practitioner-driven concerns about self-evaluation practices and attendance in the program under study, an informal conference for physics teachers. We found evidence that surveys and ethnographic interviews provided complementary data: surveys allowed the practitioner to learn about their audience's motivations, needs, and perception of the program's value. Ethnographic interviews were particularly useful as a means to elicit actionable ideas for how conference organizers might better support teacher attendance. In addition, participating in the RPP provided the practitioner with skills that they can carry forward into their future assessment work and yielded actionable insights beneficial to both practitioner and audience. Our experience suggests that RPPs in informal physics spaces face many of the same challenges as those conducted in formal education settings, and that best practices documented for formal education RPPs will also be of benefit to them.
Physics Education Research Conference 2022
Part of the PER Conference series
Grand Rapids, MI: July 13-14, 2022
Pages 425-431
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Informal Education
- Professional Development
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Methods
- Research Design & Methodology
= Evaluation
- Teacher Characteristics
= Affect
- Professional Development
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
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D. Izadi, I. Gennuso, and M. Sherriffs, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16271&DocID=5640).
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D. Izadi, I. Gennuso, and M. Sherriffs, You pick my brain and I'll pick yours: a pilot case study of research-practice partnership in an informal physics space, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16271&DocID=5640>.
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Izadi, D., Gennuso, I., & Sherriffs, M. (2022, July 13-14). You pick my brain and I'll pick yours: a pilot case study of research-practice partnership in an informal physics space. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI. Retrieved October 1, 2023, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16271&DocID=5640
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Izadi, D, I. Gennuso, and M. Sherriffs. "You pick my brain and I'll pick yours: a pilot case study of research-practice partnership in an informal physics space." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, July 13-14, 2022. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16271&DocID=5640 (accessed 1 October 2023).
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Izadi, Dena, Isabella Gennuso, and Margaret F. Sherriffs. "You pick my brain and I'll pick yours: a pilot case study of research-practice partnership in an informal physics space." Physics Education Research Conference 2022. Grand Rapids, MI: 2022. 425-431 of PER Conference. 1 Oct. 2023 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16271&DocID=5640>.
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