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Supported SiteSupported Site Towson University (Elementary): Program Data

The project collects data on the number of PhysTEC Graduates, PhysTEC Future Teachers, PhysTEC Learning Assistants, and PhysTEC Mentors; these PhysTEC terms are defined here. The project also collects data on physics pedagogy courses, early teaching experiences, and enrollment in K-8 physical science courses for future elementary school teachers.

PhysTEC Graduates (Years funded 2002-2007)
BaselineProject Funded
Year -2 Year -1 Year 0 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
    107 148 208 208 200 210


Future Physics Teachers
BaselineProject Funded
Year -2 Year -1 Year 0 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
      523 489 485  

Commentary on future teachers data:

  • The elementary science field experience interns are preservice teachers. Since the vast majority of Physical Science I students hope to be admitted to the preservice teaching program, these students are also included as impacted future teachers.
CourseBaselineProject Funded
Year -2 Year -1 Year 0 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Physical Science I
(Conceptual physics)
292 319 262 316 293 318  
Earth and Space Science
(Conceptual physics)
147 186 208 211 198 156  
Teaching Science in Elementary School
(Early teaching/field experience)
107 144 205 207 196 167  

Commentary on enrollment data:

  • Variations in enrollment data are largely due to the number of course sections as offered per semester.
  • Student counts were obtained from final grade data sheets, and as such do not include students who withdrew from the course.
  • Students take the Earth-Space Science course and Teaching Science in Elementary School course as a cohort; therefore, the students in these two courses are typically the same students and as such only count one time as future teachers.