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written by Eleanor W. Close, Hunter G. Close, and David Donnelly
Learning Assistants (LAs) have been shown to have better conceptual understanding and more favorable beliefs about science than non-LAs, and are more likely to choose a career in K-12 science teaching [1]. We propose that connections between elements of identity, persistence, and participation in an LA program can be explained using the concept of the community of practice and its intimate relationship to identity [2]. In separate work, Hazari et al. found that physics identity was highly correlated to expressed career plans in physics [3]. We hypothesize that a thriving LA program has many features of a well-functioning community of practice and contributes to all four elements of physics identity: personal interest, student performance, competence, and recognition by others. We explore how this analysis of the LA experience might shape decisions and influence outcomes of adoption and adaptations of the LA model.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 106-109
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© 2012 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.4789709
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
01.40.jc
Keywords:
Learning assistants, PERC 2012, community of practice, physics identity, teacher preparation, teacher recruitment
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E. Close, H. Close, and D. Donnelly, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12785&DocID=3314).
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E. Close, H. Close, and D. Donnelly, Understanding the learning assistant experience with physics identity, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12785&DocID=3314>.
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Close, E., Close, H., & Donnelly, D. (2012, August 1-2). Understanding the learning assistant experience with physics identity. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved October 30, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12785&DocID=3314
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Close, E, H. Close, and D. Donnelly. "Understanding the learning assistant experience with physics identity." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12785&DocID=3314 (accessed 30 October 2014).
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Close, Eleanor, Hunter Close, and Dave Donnelly. "Understanding the learning assistant experience with physics identity." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 106-109 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 30 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12785&DocID=3314>.
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