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written by Benjamin T. Spike and Noah D. Finkelstein
As part of a broader study of the impact of teaching environment and preparation on the conceptions of teaching and learning expressed by our graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) and undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs), we track shifts in instructor awareness of student ideas over the course of a week of preparing for and teaching in the Tutorials in Introductory Physics. Since TAs and LAs interact face-to-face with introductory physics students, we are interested in the nature of their educational practice and its impact on the success of reformed teaching methods. In this study, we focus on a specific component of educational practice by asking recitation instructors to describe student difficulties with topics at various points in a week of teaching. We observe increased awareness of student difficulties on the Tutorials following preparation, but also conclude that resources like the Tutorial pre-test are not necessarily alerting TAs and LAs to the ideas they should be prepared to discuss with their students.
Physics Education Research Conference 2009
Part of the PER Conference series
Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 29-30, 2009
Volume 1179, Pages 281-284
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Education - Applied Research
- Teacher Preparation
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General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
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© 2009 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.3266737
NSF Number:
0448176
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.J-
Keywords:
PERC 2009, Tutorials, instructor awareness, learning assistants, learning assistants, professional development, professional development, student conceptions, teaching assistants, teaching assistants
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Metadata instance created October 13, 2009 by Alea Smith
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March 11, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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B. Spike and N. Finkelstein, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9505&DocID=1380).
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B. Spike and N. Finkelstein, Tracking Recitation Instructors’ Awareness of Student Conceptual Difficulties presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9505&DocID=1380>.
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Spike, B., & Finkelstein, N. (2009, July 29-30). Tracking Recitation Instructors’ Awareness of Student Conceptual Difficulties. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9505&DocID=1380
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Spike, Benjamin, and Noah Finkelstein. "Tracking Recitation Instructors’ Awareness of Student Conceptual Difficulties." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 29-30, 2009. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9505&DocID=1380 (accessed 22 July 2014).
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Spike, Benjamin, and Noah Finkelstein. "Tracking Recitation Instructors’ Awareness of Student Conceptual Difficulties." Physics Education Research Conference 2009. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 2009. 281-284 Vol. 1179 of PER Conference. 22 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9505&DocID=1380>.
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