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Abstract Title: Perspectives on informal programs: How site visits can help us learn more
Abstract: We are continuing a nationwide effort to develop a systemic understanding of the landscape of informal physics using an organizational theory perspective. We have collected surveys and interviews with informal physics program facilitators, but this information is only from the perspective of the faculty or physics student leaders and does not tell us about the social dynamics within each program. Thus, to complement these data, we need to observe informal physics events as they occur. In this paper, we will discuss our strategy for visits to program sites to observe social interactions between program participants as well as programmatic details in action. We report on an initial site visit to a physics open house event, where we took field-notes and conducted interviews with participating personnel members. Here, we compare the types of data we are able to collect from site visits and interviews/surveys with lead program facilitators.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: 3.B5
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Bryan Stanley
Michigan State University
Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 970-593-8927
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dena Izadi-Michigan State University, Kathleen Hinko - Michigan State University