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Abstract Title: Cultural Capitals Expressed through Reflective Journaling in Introductory Physics & Astronomy Labs
Abstract: Through reflective journaling, the Alma project at San Francisco State University (an HSI) seeks to affirm STEM students' identities, support connections with their life experiences, and recognize their cultural wealth. Our department offers a number of introductory physics and astronomy lecture and lab sequences including: a three-semester calculus-based physics sequence targeted toward engineering, computer science and physical science majors; a two-semester algebra-based physics sequence targeted toward students in the biosciences; a one-semester conceptual physics course; and one-semester conceptual astronomy course. In response to the prompt "why am I here," designed to draw out their values and purpose, students journaled for 5 - 10 minutes and then spent time in class sharing their responses. Using an iterative thematic coding approach, we analyzed more than 400 essays and identified 11 cultural capitals expressed by students. Here we compare and contrast the frequencies of cultural capitals exhibited by respondents in different course types.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session 1 Room C
Poster Number: 1C-8

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Rachel Xie
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 6504554368
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kim Coble, Ana Maria Barrera, Bahar Amin, Mireya Arreguin, Amal Egad, Marissa Harris, Jomar Lopes, Alejandra Lopez-Macha; San Francisco State University; Khanh Tran (Purdue University)