Developing the Key Components Model for Informal Physics Programs

July 12th, 2022 | RESEARCH

Informal physics programs are understudied partly due to the broad spectrum of program structures and wide variety of activities. Moreover, the program facilitators hold diverse positions - faculty members at universities, staff members of national labs, and student leaders. In this study, we conduct an in-depth analysis of surveys and interviews from a subset of a national data set. Our goal is to develop and validate a practitioner-focused model of the key organizational components of informal physics programs. Based on the model of The Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis (PTEPA),  we have identified 11 categories of organizational components that demonstrate the inner workings of the studied programs. In this talk at the American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, we present our model and discuss the future work to develop tools for effective program assessment.



Team Members

Dena Izadi, Contributor, Michigan State University
Bryan Stanley, Contributor, Michigan State University
Lily Boyd, Contributor, Northwestern University
claudia fracchiolla, Contributor, American Physical Society
Kathleen Hinko, Principal Investigator, Michigan State University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 1713060

Related URLs

Determining the Landscape of Informal Physics Programming in the United States


Audience: Learning Researchers
Discipline: Education and learning science | Physics
Resource Type: Conference Proceedings | Presentation Slides
Environment Type: Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Public Programs