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Abstract Title: Changing the landscape of physics teaching – Helping engineers become effective physics teachers
Abstract: In 2011, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology launched a special program, Views, whose objective is to help alleviate the shortage in high-quality high school STEM teachers in Israel. Views invites Technion graduates to study towards an additional bachelor's degree in STEM education. In its first year, 60 students enrolled in the program; this year, the program has attracted over 300. The increase in the number and quality of students enrolling necessitated substantial reform of the teacher preparation courses. We will review the theoretical underpinning of the reformed program of the physics education track; discuss in detail the design of one of the physics teaching methods courses; and present preliminary findings from a study that followed the students throughout this course, focusing on challenges these pre-service teachers experienced in the design and teaching of engaging lessons in physics, and on our support of the students in this process.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Educating pre-service physics teachers

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Shulamit Kapon
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
and Co-Presenter(s)
Avraham Merzel, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem