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University physics students’ motivations and experiences in informal physics programs
written by Claudia Fracchiolla, Simone Hyater-Adams, Noah D. Finkelstein, and Kathleen Hinko
Substantial resources are directed toward public engagement by the physics community, but there is still much to understand about physicists' initial motivation for involvement, their experiences and their reasons for sustained participation. We use motivation theory as a lens to investigate the factors that contribute to physics students' decisions to participate in informal science programs. We conducted surveys and interviews with university students that volunteered in an afterschool physics program for K-12 students. Interviews were analyzed using content analysis. Findings indicate that previous participation in informal activities, attitudes towards engaging with the community, and recognition from peers are common themes in university students' initial reasons for involvement. The emergent themes of a positive experience and the enjoyment of sharing physics are related to students' persistence in the program.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 124-127
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Education - Applied Research
- Informal Education
Education - Basic Research
- Learning Theory
- Student Characteristics
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
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10.1119/perc.2016.pr.026
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PERC 2016
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Metadata instance created November 30, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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C. Fracchiolla, S. Hyater-Adams, N. Finkelstein, and K. Hinko, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14215&DocID=4568).
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C. Fracchiolla, S. Hyater-Adams, N. Finkelstein, and K. Hinko, University physics students’ motivations and experiences in informal physics programs, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14215&DocID=4568>.
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Fracchiolla, C., Hyater-Adams, S., Finkelstein, N., & Hinko, K. (2016, July 20-21). University physics students’ motivations and experiences in informal physics programs. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved December 10, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14215&DocID=4568
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Fracchiolla, C, S. Hyater-Adams, N. Finkelstein, and K. Hinko. "University physics students’ motivations and experiences in informal physics programs." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14215&DocID=4568 (accessed 10 December 2017).
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Fracchiolla, Claudia, Simone Hyater-Adams, Noah Finkelstein, and Kathleen Hinko. "University physics students’ motivations and experiences in informal physics programs." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 124-127 of PER Conference. 10 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14215&DocID=4568>.
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