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Investigating potential influences of graduate teaching assistants on students’ sense of belonging in introductory physics labs
written by Caitlin Kepple and Kim Coble
Over the past year, the Physics and Astronomy Department at San Francisco State University (SFSU) has implemented a pedagogical training course for incoming graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). While it has been widely accepted that students' sense of belonging in the classroom can be influenced by many factors, our focus is to better understand what students themselves feel contributes most to their sense of belonging and what role GTAs might play in it. We have collected attitudinal surveys from students in the introductory physics sequence for life science majors that pertain to students' perceptions of belonging and relationship to their lab instructor. We have identified an emergent set of factors from student testimonies, showing a number of indirect influences GTAs may have on students' sense of belonging in lab. We found students tend to cite interpersonal relationships with their group and the labwork itself as major contributors to their sense of belonging in Physics I while Physics II students prioritize interpersonal relationships with both their group and the class as a whole. Our goal is to develop a set of student-centered approaches from this data that will ultimately provide insight for future lab instructors to help create an inclusive and accessible laboratory environment.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
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C. Kepple and K. Coble, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15287&DocID=5199).
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C. Kepple and K. Coble, Investigating potential influences of graduate teaching assistants on students’ sense of belonging in introductory physics labs, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15287&DocID=5199>.
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Kepple, C., & Coble, K. (2019, July 24-25). Investigating potential influences of graduate teaching assistants on students’ sense of belonging in introductory physics labs. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved July 10, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15287&DocID=5199
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Kepple, Caitlin, and Kim Coble. "Investigating potential influences of graduate teaching assistants on students’ sense of belonging in introductory physics labs." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15287&DocID=5199 (accessed 10 July 2020).
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Kepple, Caitlin, and Kim Coble. "Investigating potential influences of graduate teaching assistants on students’ sense of belonging in introductory physics labs." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. of PER Conference. 10 July 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15287&DocID=5199>.
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