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All aboard! Challenges and successes in professional development for physics lab TAs
written by Danny Doucette, Russell Clark, and Chandralekha Singh
At large research universities in the USA, introductory physics labs are often run by graduate student teaching assistants (TAs). Thus, efforts to reform introductory labs should address the need for effective and relevant TA professional development. We developed and implemented a research-based professional development program that focuses on preparing TAs to effectively support inquiry-based learning in the lab. We identify positive effects by examining three possible ways in which the professional development might have impacted TAs and their work. First, we examine lab TAs' written reflections to understand the effect of the program on TAs' ways of thinking about student learning. Second, we observe and categorize TA-student interactions in the lab in order to investigate whether TA behaviors are changing after the professional development. Third, we examine students' attitudes toward experimental science and present one example case in which students' attitudes improve for those TAs who 'buy in' to the professional development. Our results suggest lab TA professional development may have a tangible positive impact on TA performance and student learning.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 135-140
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Education Foundations
- Assessment
- Sample Population
= Instructor: TA
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Inquiry Learning
- Curriculum Development
= Laboratory
- Professional Development
- Teacher Preparation
= Early Teaching Experiences
= Research
- Professional Development
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
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D. Doucette, R. Clark, and C. Singh, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15242&DocID=5157).
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D. Doucette, R. Clark, and C. Singh, All aboard! Challenges and successes in professional development for physics lab TAs, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15242&DocID=5157>.
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Doucette, D., Clark, R., & Singh, C. (2019, July 24-25). All aboard! Challenges and successes in professional development for physics lab TAs. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15242&DocID=5157
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Doucette, D, R. Clark, and C. Singh. "All aboard! Challenges and successes in professional development for physics lab TAs." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15242&DocID=5157 (accessed 17 October 2021).
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Doucette, Danny, Russell Clark, and Chandralekha Singh. "All aboard! Challenges and successes in professional development for physics lab TAs." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 135-140 of PER Conference. 17 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15242&DocID=5157>.
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