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Abstract Title: Using Educational Reform as a Kernel for Growing Community at a Hispanic Serving Institution
Abstract: In 2004 Florida International University (FIU) began a physics education reform effort by implementing Modeling Instruction in university physics classes and holding Modeling Workshops for high school teachers as a way to increase participation in physics by underrepresented students.  By working at multiple levels, across high school and university, Modeling has become a common theme and has helped to establish a vibrant research and learning community.  The primary and secondary effects of Modeling Instruction within FIU (improved intro physics experience and participation in a learning community) have spurred greater participation in physics and increased persistence.  In this poster, we present the implementation of Modeling Instruction and discuss the impacts on the diverse population of students at FIU.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Applications of PER in Diverse Settings: Perspectives on Audience, Method and Implementation
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Eric Brewe
Florida International University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Laird Kramer, George O'Brien
Florida International University