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Abstract Title: Project lab course for first year students: Cutting the Gordian knot in physics teacher preparation
Abstract: One of the major problems in training of future teachers is finding an authentic environment where they can practice new approaches to teaching and learning. Ideally, you want to place your students with reformed in-service teachers but unfortunately often this is not possible. In our department we took a different approach. We created Project lab course which pre-service physics teachers take twice: first time as students (in their first year of studies) and second time as future teachers (in their 4th or 5th year). As first year students they work on open-ended experimental projects. During their second time, already enrolled in the Physics Teacher preparation program, they design project tasks for first year students, observe groups of students solving problems and evaluate their reports using scientific abilities rubrics. I will describe logistical details of such clinical experience and present examples of pre-service teacher work and their reflections on the experience.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Educating pre-service physics teachers

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Gorazd Planinsic
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia