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Abstract Title: Examining student engagement with activity theory in an afterschool physics program
Abstract: Student engagement is critical to learning, especially in environments designed to encourage student agency.  We investigate student engagement in an afterschool physics program for K-8 students facilitated by university educators from the University of Colorado Boulder. In this program, the K-8 students work with undergraduate and graduate students in small groups on hands-on exploratory physics activities. Using an activity theoretic framework, we analyze video data from the interactions in the small groups during afterschool sessions. Youth participants are the subjects of the activity theory analysis, foregrounding their experiences and objectives for participation. In this paper, we focus on one group of seventh grade girls and the challenges they have to engagement. This work is part of a broader study seeking to foster student engagement in informal settings.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Nevil Franco
University of Colorado - Boulder
440 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kathleen Hinko, University of Colorado - Boulder
Claudia Fracchiolla, University of Colorado - Boulder
Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado - Boulder