Description

ASUSOW PROJECT GOALS 1. Recruitment. a. Working with our TIR, students in all introductory physics courses and in physics majors courses will be informed about our PhysTEC project and its goals. b. Working with our TIR, students in all introductory physics courses and in physics majors courses will be informed about our PhysTEC project and its goals. c. We will maintain an internet presence through a website and Facebook. d. We will seek appearance in the student newspaper and unit newsletters, and we will distribute our own PhysTEC newsletter. e. A working group of instructors, initially those who teach majors courses but to be expanded to other introductory courses, will be re-established with the purpose of affecting change in instruction to promote teaching as a career; this group will develop and incorporate strategies for introducing teaching in introductory courses. (For example, the students will have regular opportunities to consider how they would teach a particular concept/topic to other students.) Initially, this will include instructors of introductory courses for majors; it will be expanded to include instructors of other introductory courses and upper division majors courses. 2. Preparation. a. A path to certification for undergraduates, begun in Year 1, will be completed. Students will receive a full physics degree (B.S.) plus recommendation for state certification. Students will take a minimum of one course (PHY 480) in the modeling method of instruction; students will have opportunities to take this course and other modeling courses, along with in-service teachers in one of many modeling workshops held at ASU each summer. b. A new path to certification for undergraduates utilizing the BA Physics degree program will be initiated. c. The Learning Assistant program will be further developed and expanded. d. The FCI and BEMA will be administered in the respective introductory courses. e. Retention. A mentoring and induction program will be developed. f. TIR will be retained as an integral role in the project g. Teacher Advisory Group. A TAG will meet several times during the year. h. Data Collection. A plan for collecting and maintaining data, such as data from/about students, new teachers, and participating schools, will be refined. Data will include assessments scores (FCI and BEMA) for introductory courses and LAs, student teaching placement, numbers of students and their progress through the program, and placement and retention of graduates; data collection ability will be improved over the past efforts, due to moving the degree program from the education college to the Physics Department.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date8/1/137/31/14

Funding

  • NSF-MPS: Division of Physics (PHY): $99,564.00

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