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Abstract Title: First steps towards building curriculum around student interests in astronomy
Abstract: What role should students have in designing their educational experiences? In the Physics department at Texas State University, recent feedback from students motivated faculty to expand astronomy-related opportunities in the physics curriculum. Students can currently take one astrophysics course, participate in an astronomy club, and conduct research with a faculty member. We have been consulting with students to identify areas for further growth. As part of this process, we interviewed students to understand the connections between their interests in astronomy and their participation in astronomy-related activities at Texas State. We describe several aspects of students' interest that seem to drive their continued engagement with astronomy, such as their desire to be part of a community of practitioners and to engage others in the excitement of learning about astronomy. We consider how these interests can inform future curriculum development at Texas State and elsewhere.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A24
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Daniel Barringer
Texas State University
2005 Lisa Lane
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 2018920145
and Co-Presenter(s)
Alice Olmstead, Texas State University; Kayley Green-Tooney, Texas State University; Audiel Maldonado, Texas State University

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