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Abstract Title: Pedagogical Development of University Physics Students in Informal Learning Environments
Abstract: We examine the pedagogical behaviors of university undergraduate and graduate students during interactions with K-8 children in an afterschool physics program. Using an activity theory framework, we document several modalities of interaction between children and adults, and begin to unpack when and how these different pedagogical modalities occur. We identify at least three main modes of interaction during the activity: instructor, consultant and participant. Definitions and examples of these modes are given with qualitative contextual analyses to support their categorization. Based on this analysis, we discuss implications for promoting pedagogical strategies through purposeful curriculum development and university student training.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Peter Madigan
University of Colorado Boulder
440 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
and Co-Presenter(s)
Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado Boulder
Kathleen Hinko, University of Colorado Boulder