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Abstract Title: Teachers' knowledge of content and student ideas about energy
Abstract: In the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership, we are studying teachers' thinking about energy as well as what teachers know about their students' ideas about energy. Before and after all instruction on energy, students answered a validated survey constructed primarily of questions from the AAAS Assessment database. Teachers took the same survey, answering the questions and predicting the answers their students would give. In two instances, differences in teacher responses are correlated with student achievement on those questions. Teachers with the most detailed content responses on one question as well teachers with the most complete understanding of common incorrect answers on another question had students with the highest gains on each of those questions. These results suggest that teacher content knowledge and knowledge of student ideas are both important predictors of student learning.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael C. Wittmann
University of Maine
5709 Bennett Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5709
Phone: 207-581-1237
and Co-Presenter(s)
Levi Lucy, University of Maine