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Abstract Title: Personas for supporting physicists engagement in informal education
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: The pathways and engagement of physicists in informal physics education are varied, which makes their professional development needs not well understood. As part of ongoing efforts to build and support community in the informal physics space, we conducted interviews with physics practitioners and researchers with a range of different experiences. Through thematic analysis, we use personas methodology to articulate the needs and pain points of professional physicists. We present our set of four personas: the physicist who engages in informal physics for self-reflection, the physicist who wants to spark interest in physics, the physicist who wants to provide diverse role models to younger students and inspire them to pursue a STEM career, and the physicist who wants to improve the relationship between scientists and the public. This work will allow the informal physics community to create tailored resources for the variety of professional development needs of informal physics facilitators.
Session Time: Poster Session 3
Poster Number: III-20
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Shams El-Adawy
Kansas State University & American Physical Society
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eleanor C. Sayre (she/her), Kansas State University
Alexandra C. Lau (she/her), American Physical Society
Claudia Fracchiolla (she/her), American Physical Society