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Abstract Title: Self-Perception of Teaching Fellows and Learning Assistants in Introductory Physics Classes
Abstract: We study how graduate student teaching fellows (TFs) and undergraduate learning assistants (LAs) perceive their roles and responsibilities as educators in undergraduate classrooms.  We present results from a survey of 35 physics TFs and LAs across a range of physics classes, measuring their expectations of their teaching mission with regard to such factors as workload, classroom authority, student interaction time, responsibility for student learning, and helpfulness to students.  We analyze their answers based on the classroom format they have taught in, their length of experience as TFs or LAs, and their self-assessed enthusiasm for teaching. We find that the perceptions TFs and LAs have of their roles in the classroom are similar; however, we find differences when looking at teacher-student interaction.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alexander P. Becker
Boston University, Department of Physics
590 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
and Co-Presenter(s)
Bennett Goldberg (Boston University)
Manher Jariwala (Boston University)

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