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Abstract Title: Informal Physics Programs as Integral Experiences for Physics Identity Development
Abstract: We have investigated how university students' physics identities can be fostered through teaching youth in informal physics programs through the collection of interviews from participants in three different informal programs. We present the results seen from analyzing the interviews with an operationalized Communities of Practice framework. Our analysis shows that students' identities can be supported through different structures and practices within each program. This poster will show how students' personal values aligning with an informal program's mission was the biggest predictor of membership, while interactions with members of the community served as the most important mechanism for integration into the community. We aim to start a conversation around  how existing informal programs can be better in order to support students from all backgrounds and how new informal programs can be designed to support student facilitators.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: 2.B5

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brean Prefontaine
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 213-678-1442
and Co-Presenter(s)
Claudia Fracchiolla, University College Dublin
Kathleen Hinko, Michigan State University
Claire Mullen, University College Dublin
Jasmine Guven, University of Manchester
Shane Bergin, University College Dublin