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Abstract Title: Characterizing Scientific Creativity in an Afterschool Physics Program
Abstract: Scientific creativity is an indispensible element of the process of producing new research, discoveries and inventions in the field of physics. In the development of learning environments that engage students in authentic physics practices, we have the opportunity to design activities and structures that encourage creativity. Drawing from the literature, we present a model of the creative process and product from which students' scientific work can be analyzed. We apply this model in the context of an afterschool physics program for middle school students and analyze students' documentation of original ideas and experiments, called "Big Ideas", in science notebooks. Frequency and content of students' Big Ideas are examined and compared to written work for prescribed activities.  Implications for promoting scientific creativity through curricular design are discussed.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kathleen Hinko
University of Colorado Boulder
440 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 512-785-8435
and Co-Presenter(s)
Margaux Krahe, University of Colorado Boulder
Yvan Hernandez Charpak, Universidad de los Andes