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Abstract Title: Cultural Toolkits in the Urban Physics Learning Community
Abstract: Chicago State University has been involved in curriculum development, teacher preparation, and education research that target urban physics learners on the south-side of Chicago.  Through this work we have begun to recognize specific cultural norms that our students bring to the classroom.  These cultural norms appear to help our students establish strong communities in classes.  Because of the homogeneity of our population, with most students coming from within a five-mile radius of our campus, there are a set of shared experiences that help establish a level of trust and sense of community that manifests itself in the science learning environment.  Aspects of community also play a major role in the preparation of teachers.  In this talk we discuss our understanding of CSU student culture, its importance in the development of community, and its role in our physics classrooms as well as its role in the preparation of future physics teachers.
Footnote: Supported by the NSF Noyce Program (DUE # 0833251) and a PhysTEC Grant from the American Physical Society.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Cultural Influences on Physics Teaching: Identifying Factors, Implementing Change

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Mel Sabella
Chicago State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Andrea G. Van Duzor - Chicago State University

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