Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

A program to recruit talented undergraduate science majors to become K-12 science teachers and to improve undergraduate education by implementing large-scale teaching reform.  Learning assistants are talented science majors recruited to assist in the implementation of research-based curriculum in undergraduate courses, to learn about pedagogy, and to consider careers in K-12 teaching. LA programs can provide the additional instructors needed to implement many research-based methods.

Type of Method Instructional strategy
Level Designed for: Teacher PreparationReferences coming soon, Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Algebra-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College ConceptualReferences coming soon, AstronomyReferences coming soon, Other ScienceReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Intermediate UndergraduateReferences coming soon, Advanced UndergraduateReferences coming soon
Setting Designed for: Recitation/Discussion SessionReferences coming soon
Can be adapted for: Lecture - Large (30+ students)References coming soon, Lecture - Small (<30 students)References coming soon, Lab, Studio
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum, Mathematical, Astronomy, Other Science, Pedagogy
Instructor Effort Medium
Resource Needs Teaching Assistants / Learning Assistants, reformed curriculum materials
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understanding of physics contentReferences coming soon, Think like a scientistReferences coming soon, Reflecting on one's own learning, (Depends on the instructor and use of materials. Instructor may use materials that explicitly target any of these.)
Can be adapted for: Problem-solving skills, Connecting conceptual and mathematical understanding, Coherent framework for physics, Understanding how physics relates to the real world, Self-confidence around physics, Enjoyment of physics, Laboratory skills, Representing knowledge in multiple ways, Designing experiments, Creativity, Autonomy, Cooperative learning
Research Validation Based on research into: how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: scores on multiple choice conceptual testsReferences coming soon, beliefs about physicsReferences coming soon
Studied using: conceptual pre/post examsReferences coming soon, beliefs pre/post examsReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, video of studentsReferences coming soon, research conducted at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, PhET, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, Workshop Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, Modeling, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, ISLE, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, PBI, PET, PSET, LEPS, CAE TPS, Lecture-Tutorials, Astro Ranking Tasks, MBL, New Model Course, CPU, SCL, TEFA, CU Modern, CU E&M, CU QM, QuILTs, IQP, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, SGSI, Paradigms, EiP, Tools for Scientific Thinking, M&I, Tutorials, Clickers, Responsive Teaching
Similar Method None
Developer(s) Valerie Otero and Dick McCray
Website http://laprogram.colorado.edu/