Identities and Astronomy Camp: How Individual Campers Make Meaning of Science Experiences
Proceedings of the Seventh Conference of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
S.A. Barab, K.E. Hay & D.T. Hickey
This study uses the concept of affinity space to analyze youth participation in a summer science camp, examining how students took on virtual identities as astronomers, merged them with their real identities, and, to varying degrees, adopted projective identities of themselves as scientists. Analyzing camper interviews, I investigate the degree to which Astronomy Camp is an affinity space and present individual cases of ways campers make meaning of their research experiences by creating different identities.
Fields, D. A. (2006). Identities and astronomy camp: How individual campers make meaning of science experiences. In S. A. Barab, K. E. Hay & D. T. Hickey (Eds.), Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Mahweh: NJ, 920-921.