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Abstract Title: Learning to Teach Science through Informal Science Education Experiences
Abstract: Teaching experiences, as part of the University of Colorado Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC) [1] K12 after school program, provide university students with an opportunity to learn how to speak about science in everyday language.  Formative and summative evaluations included pre, post, and in situ video taping of student teaching, surveys of student attitudes about science and teaching, observations, and ethnographic field notes. This poster focuses on case studies which demonstrate the impact of informal science teaching opportunities and particularly on the abilities of university students to communicate about science in everyday language. We find that students with more interactive experiences post larger gains than students whose experiences were less interactive.

1. PISEC, Partnerships in Informal Science Education in the Community, http://per.colorado.edu
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Laurel M. Mayhew
University of Colorado Physics Education Research
and Co-Presenter(s)
Noah D. Finkelstein, University of Colorado Physics Education Research
finkelsn -at- Colorado.EDU