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written by Aaron J. Grabow, Ian D. Beatty, and William J. Gerace
Several schools have implemented "Learning Assistant" (LA) programs, in which upper-class undergraduates serve as teaching assistants in introductory courses. At UNCG, LAs are given an unusual degree of freedom. Working in teams, they serve as the primary instructors for lab sections of the two introductory calculus-based physics courses. They co-design the lab curriculum with the professor of the lecture section, conduct all lab classes, and grade all student work. In order to investigate how students taking the lab reacted to having undergraduates as lab instructors, we gave and analyzed a short anonymous Likert-type survey probing students' opinions at the end of the first course. We found that overall, most students reacted favorably. They found the LAs' content knowledge and pedagogic skills to be adequate, and saw some benefit to having undergraduates rather than faculty to interact with. They also perceived that the responded to questions with guiding questions rather than authoritative answers.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 161-164
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.028
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
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01.40.jc
Keywords:
Laboratory Instruction, Learning Assistants, PERC 2013, Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Instructors
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A. Grabow, I. Beatty, and W. Gerace, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13132&DocID=3680).
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A. Grabow, I. Beatty, and W. Gerace, Extreme Learning Assistants: Students' Perceptions of Their Undergraduate Laboratory Instructors presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13132&DocID=3680>.
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Grabow, A., Beatty, I., & Gerace, W. (2013, July 17-18). Extreme Learning Assistants: Students' Perceptions of Their Undergraduate Laboratory Instructors. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved September 17, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13132&DocID=3680
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Grabow, A, I. Beatty, and W. Gerace. "Extreme Learning Assistants: Students' Perceptions of Their Undergraduate Laboratory Instructors." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13132&DocID=3680 (accessed 17 September 2014).
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Grabow, Aaron, Ian Beatty, and William Gerace. "Extreme Learning Assistants: Students' Perceptions of Their Undergraduate Laboratory Instructors." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 161-164 of PER Conference. 17 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13132&DocID=3680>.
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