Physics Department Seminar University of Alaska Fairbanks

J O U R N A L    C L U B


Supporting Physics Learning and Identity beyond the Classroom

Jonathan Perry
University of Texas at Austin



The transformation from, novice to physicist is a complex process that is guided by experiences both in and outside the classroom. Physics outreach programs can provide a critical informal context for experiences that promote this transition. In recent years this interaction has begun to be explored and prior studies have exhibited a positive link between the development of a student’s physics identity and their facilitation of informal physics outreach programs. Here, I will present results from a student-focused investigation on the effects of informal physics programs on dimensions including physics identity, sense of belonging, and the development of 21st century career skills. Findings will be discussed based on surveys (117) and interviews (35) conducted with students from a large, public university. In the second part of this talk, I will also describe the structure and study of a university-based professional development program for out-of-field in-service high school physics teachers.


note date Tuesday , 22 February 2022

201 REICH and on Zoom :

note time 11:30AM