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Abstract Title: Recruiting future physics teachers with a summer enrichment program
Abstract: The shortage of well-qualified physics teachers is a crisis on a national scale.  To address this issue, our institution has successfully applied for a Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship grant.  As part of the programming we've developed from the grant support, we have created a field-based summer enrichment program designed to encourage current students (not on the educational track) to consider transferring to our physics teacher-prep major.  The Summer Teacher Exploration Program for Undergraduate Physics (STEP-UP) is a 3-week program that gives students a crash course in pedagogy and learning sciences and then allows them the opportunity to design and actually teach lessons in local K-12 classrooms.  In this presentation we will describe STEP-UP in detail and discuss how the program changed participants' views on teaching and its viability as a future career path.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B70

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: AJ Richards
The College of New Jersey
and Co-Presenter(s)
L. Madden, N. Magee, M. Bellino, M. Chessler
The College of New Jersey