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Abstract Title: Strong introductory courses + professors who care about teaching = physics teachers
Abstract: Previously at the University of Arkansas (UA), and now at West Virginia University (WVU), we have led physics teacher preparation programs as part of the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC). Our invitation to apply as one of the first primary program institutions was initiated by our NSF program officer, based on his familiarity with our reformed introductory course. Years of student interviews supported that it was both the opportunity to engage in an  environment supporting real learning with their peers and having professors who felt education was important that empowered students to choose a teaching career. 15 years after having its first PhysTEC graduate, UA remains in the 5+Club. At WVU, we are also seeing significant impact from these factors. We will discuss the characteristics reported by the students as most impactful on their decision to teach, and shown by our research to have strong correlation with improved learning.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Educating pre-service physics teachers

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Gay Stewart
West Virginia University
and Co-Presenter(s)
John Stewart, West Virginia University