Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2010
Volume 55, Number 2
Monday–Friday, March 15–19, 2010; Portland, Oregon
Session A42: Focus Session: Physics Teacher Preparation: Effective Strategies, National Models, and Challenging Issues
8:00 AM–9:48 AM,
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sponsoring Unit: FEd
Chair: Stamatis Vokos, Seattle Pacific University
Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.MAR.A42.3
Abstract: A42.00003 : Reforming the professional preparation of teachers of physics and physical science at Seattle Pacific University*
8:48 AM–9:00 AM
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(Seattle Pacific University)
Increasing the number and improving the in-depth preparation of precollege teachers to teach physics and physical science as a process of inquiry are major goals of the Physics Department at Seattle Pacific University. In close collaboration with the School of Education and partner school districts, we have embarked on a multi-pronged effort to recruit undergraduates into teaching through the SPU Learning Assistant program, to provide coherent and extensive professional development for teachers who teach physics out-of-field, to deepen the preparation in physical science of prospective and practicing elementary teachers, and to reform our content and methods courses for prospective teachers. Alignment of the program with regional and national projects has been extremely beneficial to our efforts. In this talk, the salient programmatic reforms will be outlined and results will be discussed.
*Supported in part through funding from PhysTEC, the Boeing Co., the National Science Foundation, and the SPU Science Initiative.
To cite this abstract, use the following reference: http://meetings.aps.org/link/BAPS.2010.MAR.A42.3
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