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Abstract Title: What Does it Mean to Create a Community?
Abstract: In this poster I ask the question, "What do we mean by the word 'community' and what is its role supporting freshman physics majors?"  I examine this question in the context of The Compass Project, a program that seeks to "build community" and develop physics critical thinking skills with freshman physics students at the University of California, Berkeley.  Compass works on these dual goals through a summer program, semester-long class, mentoring program, and a number of other smaller components.  Does community mean that our students work together and live together?  Does it mean that we have a set of norms for our classrooms and study groups?  I examine both student interviews and class work toward addressing these questions and consider some of the wider education literature surrounding the word "community."
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

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Primary Contact: Angela Little
University of California, Berkeley