Reflective journaling has been shown to promote positive, meaningful learning experiences.At San Francisco State University, the AlmaProject was created to support connections to the life experiences of STEM students through reflective journaling. Pulling from frameworks in Ethnic Studies and social psychology, the Alma Project aims to make learning STEM inclusive by affirming the intersectional identities and cultural wealth of students in STEM classrooms. In Spring 2017, the Alma Project was piloted in select sections of the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program. Since Fall 2018, the project has expanded to all SI classes and to all introductory physics and astronomy labs. Each month, students spend 5-10 minutes responding to questions designed to affirm their values and purpose for studying STEM in college. Students also spend time in class sharing their responses, including common struggles and successes. We identify 11 cultural capitals expressed by STEM students that cultivate persistence and support belonging.
Speaker: Kim Coble, Professor, Physics and Astronomy, San Francisco State University
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Tiburon, CA 94920
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