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Abstract Title: Extreme Learning Assistants: The impact of an authentic teaching experience on undergraduate physics majors
Abstract: UNCG has an innovative Learning Assistant (LA) program, in which upper-class undergraduate physics students teach laboratory sections of the introductory calculus-based physics sequence. These LAs run the lab sections, generally without faculty present; as well as write up handouts for the labs, quizzes and other documents; and evaluate students' work. The LAs meet with the professor before the semester to determine an overall plan for the lab course. Weekly meetings continue throughout the semester to review the previous lab and prepare for the upcoming lab. This gives the LAs a genuine voice in the design of the course. The program provides LAs with an authentic teaching experience. Through interviews with former and current LAs we found that this experience makes students more inclined towards a career in teaching, or even PER. It has also improved student's content knowledge, experimental and laboratory writing skills.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lauren Harris
Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
PO Box 6170
321 Petty Building
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Ian D. Beatty, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of North Carolina at
Greensboro
William J. Gerace, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of North Carolina at
Greensboro

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