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Abstract Title: What Factors Influence Pedagogical Methods in Informal Learning Spaces?
Abstract: Informal physics education environments, such as the University of Colorado Boulder's Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC) program, present unique opportunities to study instructors' pedagogical methods.  Previous studies have observed that PISEC "University Educators" (UEs) tend to employ three broad pedagogical "modes" as they engage with PISEC students and that training in the modes influences UEs' stated pedagogical preferences.  To complete an analysis of the factors that may influence UEs' pedagogy, we recorded in-situ video of their teaching and conducted semi-structured interviews involving, in part, stimulated recall of that video.  These data were analyzed for examples of coordination and discoordination between UEs' stated and enacted preferences, as well as insight into the factors, both structural and emergent, that influence UEs' choices among the modes.  We will present findings and discuss implications both for improving teacher preparation in PISEC and for connections to the formal sector.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B21
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael B. Bennett
University of Colorado Boulder
and Co-Presenter(s)
Brett Fiedler, Noah Finkelstein