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Abstract Title: Impacting University Physics Students Through Participation in Informal Science
Abstract: Informal education programs organized by university physics departments are a popular means of reaching out to communities and satisfying grant requirements. The outcomes of these programs are often described in terms of broader impact on the community. Little attention, however, has been paid to the influence of such programs on the informal science facilitators themselves.  Through Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC) at the University of Colorado Boulder, undergraduate and graduate physics students coach elementary and middle school children during an inquiry-based science afterschool program. As part of their participation in PISEC, university students complete preparation in pedagogy, communication and diversity, engage with children on a weekly basis and provide regular feedback about the program. We present findings that indicate these experiences improve the ability of university students to communicate in everyday language and influence their perspectives on teaching and learning.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kathleen Hinko
University of Colorado Boulder
440 UCB
JILA A502
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 512-785-8435
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Noah Finkelstein (University of Colorado Boulder)