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Abstract Title: Identifying Success Markers: A Case Study of Informal Physics Efforts through Organizational Theory
Abstract: Characterizing the landscape of informal physics learning requires an in-depth study of different types of the existing programs. To this end, we have collected data using the survey and interview protocols that we have developed along with write-ups and site visit field-notes for several different informal physics activities. These programs are sponsored by physics departments in academic institutes and physics national labs. We are developing a framework based on organizational theory of nonprofits that is contextualized for informal physics programs. Here, we present a case study in which we have analyzed all four kinds of data sources. Applying organizational theory to the data set allows us to determine the fine-grained details of the program. We further characterize both markers of success and challenges the program faces.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A26
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dena Izadi
Michigan State University (MSU)
MI 48864
Phone: 5178994637
and Co-Presenter(s)
Julia Willison (MSU), Claudia Fracchiolla (University College Dublin), Noah Finkelstein (UC Boulder), Kathleen Hinko (MSU)