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Impact of changing physical learning space on GTA and student behaviors
written by Constance M. Doty, Tong Wan, Ashley A. Geraets, Christopher A. Nix, Erin K. H. Saitta, and Jacquelyn J. Chini
We investigated how changing the physical classroom impacted graduate teaching assistant (GTA) and student behaviors in tutorial sections of an introductory algebra-based physics sequence. Using a modified version of the Laboratory Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (LOPUS), we conducted 35 observations over two semesters for seven GTAs who taught in different styles of classrooms (i.e., active learning classrooms and traditional classrooms). We found that both GTAs and students changed behaviors in response to a change from an active learning classroom to a traditional classroom. GTAs were found to be less interactive with student groups and to lecture at the whiteboard more frequently. Correspondingly, student behaviors changed as students asked fewer questions during one-on-one interactions. These findings suggest that the instructional capacity framework, which typically focuses on interactions between instructors, students and instructional materials, should also include interactions with the learning space. We suggest administrators and departments consider the impact of changing to a traditional classroom when implementing student-centered instruction and emphasize how to use classroom space in GTA professional development.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 117-123
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Learning Environment
- Pedagogy
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
= Social Interaction
- Sample Population
= Instructor: TA
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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C. Doty, T. Wan, A. Geraets, C. Nix, E. Saitta, and J. Chini, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15469&DocID=5317).
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C. Doty, T. Wan, A. Geraets, C. Nix, E. Saitta, and J. Chini, Impact of changing physical learning space on GTA and student behaviors, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15469&DocID=5317>.
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Doty, C., Wan, T., Geraets, A., Nix, C., Saitta, E., & Chini, J. (2020, July 22-23). Impact of changing physical learning space on GTA and student behaviors. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15469&DocID=5317
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Doty, C, T. Wan, A. Geraets, C. Nix, E. Saitta, and J. Chini. "Impact of changing physical learning space on GTA and student behaviors." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15469&DocID=5317 (accessed 26 February 2021).
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Doty, Constance M., Tong Wan, Ashley A. Geraets, Christopher A. Nix, Erin K. H. Saitta, and Jacquelyn Chini. "Impact of changing physical learning space on GTA and student behaviors." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 117-123 of PER Conference. 26 Feb. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15469&DocID=5317>.
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