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Abstract Title: Effects of the Learning Assistant Experience on In-Service Teachers’ Practices*
Abstract: The Colorado Learning Assistant (LA) Program serves as a content-specific supplement to standard teacher preparation programs. In addition to transforming undergraduate STEM courses, it recruits and prepares math and science majors for teaching careers by involving university STEM faculty. The research reported here compares the teaching practices of in-service teachers who participated in the LA experience as undergraduates to colleagues who did not participate in the LA program as undergraduates but were certified through the same program. We report on teachers' views of assessments, their views of learning, and differences in their teaching practices.  This analysis is based on interviews with approximately 30 teachers and observations of their classrooms throughout their induction years of teaching. This work considers how the LA program may help improve current teacher preparation models.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kara E. Gray
University of Colorado, Boulder
249 UCB
Boulder, CO, CO 80309
Phone: 303-718-4544
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
David C. Webb
University of Colorado, Boulder

Valerie K. Otero
University of Colorado, Boulder