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Abstract Title: Using Artifact Methodology to Compare Learning Assistants’ and Colleagues’ Classroom Practices*
Abstract: The University of Colorado's LA-Test research group investigates former learning assistants' classroom practices once they enter the K-12 classroom, using the Scoop notebook, [1] an instructional artifact package developed to assess use of reform practices, as a tool. The authors characterize differences in classroom practices between former Learning Assistants (LAs) teaching at the secondary level, and their colleagues as revealed by the notebook. Analyses of these artifacts indicate significant differences between LA and non-LA groups.  A description of the methodology and implications of using artifact packages to study classroom practice will be presented, detailing the role of the LA experience in teacher preparation.

[1] H. Borko, B.M. Stecher, A.C. Alonzo, S. Moncure, and S. McClam, Educational Assessment 10, 73-104 (2005).  
* This work is partially funded by NSF grant # ESI  00554616.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

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Primary Contact: Stephanie Barr
University of Colorado