Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS April Meeting 2016
Volume 61, Number 6
Saturday–Tuesday, April 16–19, 2016; Salt Lake City, Utah
Session R6: Engaging the Public Through a Variety of Collaborations and Initiatives
10:45 AM–12:33 PM,
Monday, April 18, 2016
Sponsoring Unit: FEd
Chair: Geraldine Cochran, APS
Abstract ID: BAPS.2016.APR.R6.2
Abstract: R6.00002 : Rural outreach in Maine: A research-driven professional development teacher community*
11:21 AM–11:57 AM
(University of Maine)
In the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP), researchers at the University of Maine have joined together with the state's Department of Education, non-profits, and teachers in multiple school districts to create a dynamic and growing community dedicated to improving K12 education of the physical sciences. Through ongoing efforts to introduce and adapt instructional materials, guided by education research and research-guided professional development, we have built a community responsive to student and teacher needs. This work has fed back into the university setting, where teachers are playing a role in graduate courses taken by our Master of Science in Teaching students. In this talk, I will focus on the role of education research in the partnership, showing how we use research in professional development, the development of assessments, and the analysis of the resulting data. I will describe two projects, one to understand how teachers' content knowledge affects the development of items assessing knowledge of acceleration, the other to see how teachers use their content knowledge of systems and energy to make pedagogical choices based on students' incorrect ideas about conservation of energy.
*Sponsored in part by NSF grants MSP-0962805, DRL-1222580, and DUE-1340033.
To cite this abstract, use the following reference: http://meetings.aps.org/link/BAPS.2016.APR.R6.2
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