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Reflections on informal physics education
written by Shane D. Bergin
Informal learning offers opportunities for physics – opportunities that I hope the physics education research (PER) community can co-define and engage with. This commentary piece is a personal reflection on this topic. It reflects, and builds on, my Physics Education Research Conference (PERC) 2019 presentation. Grounded in my personal experiences with informal physics education, my PERC presentation asked those present to collectively consider the values, practices, and people they associate with successful informal learning. Attendee comments are presented and discussed in ways that I hope the PER community will identify with and respond to. They suggest myriad opportunities that informal learning offers physics – opportunity to i) engage diverse groups of people in doing physics; ii) for physicists as a community; iii) to advance the field.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference Plenary Paper series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
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Education - Applied Research
- Informal Education
Education - Basic Research
- Communication
- Teacher Characteristics
= Affect
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
= Reflections and Visions
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S. Bergin, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15336&DocID=5249).
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S. Bergin, Reflections on informal physics education, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15336&DocID=5249>.
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Bergin, S. (2019, July 24-25). Reflections on informal physics education. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved August 9, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15336&DocID=5249
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Bergin, Shane. "Reflections on informal physics education." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15336&DocID=5249 (accessed 9 August 2020).
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Bergin, Shane. "Reflections on informal physics education." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. of PER Conference Plenary Paper. 9 Aug. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15336&DocID=5249>.
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