Discussion: Sense of Belonging in Field Courses

What, Why, When, and How?

Increasingly sense of belonging is being considered in field course research, design and practice. This talk, drawing from a case study of an introductory field research course, will explore what sense of belonging means in this context and why it is a vital component for increasing inclusivity, equity, diversity, and access in field courses. Join us for a discussion of when and how intentional field course design/research/practice can support this and what questions we need to be asking to promote sense of belonging for ALL. 

Alexandra’s presentation will be 30 minutes long followed by a facilitated discussion.

Alexandra Race

University of California Santa Cruz | Ph.D. Candidate in Education

Alexandra Race is a Ph.D. Candidate in Education at UC Santa Cruz. She explores the intersections of exclusionary forces in science education to understand potential pathways towards inclusive, equitable, and justice-oriented science pedagogy. Her current research explores field-based/nature-based education and the work being done by teachers, researchers, community organizations, and scientists to support equitable field-based education in K-12 and higher education settings. Three things that bring her joy are thrifting vintage clothing, collecting rocks, and her cat Mabel.

Below are some of the questions that were asked during this discussion.

Recording of Discussion

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