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Abstract Title: From Physics Major to Physics Teacher and From Elementary Teacher to Elementary Physics Teacher
Abstract: Two complementary, nationally recognized programs in PER are designed to capitalize on students' identities in efforts of recruiting and preparing more and better elementary, middle, high school, and college physics teachers and their students. The CU Boulder Learning Assistant (LA) Project is designed to help students expand their identities from physics majors to physics teachers. The Physics and Everyday Thinking Project is designed to help non-majors expand their identities from elementary teachers to elementary physics teachers. Both programs have demonstrated success in facilitating change among students. These data will be presented and discussed. Inferences will be made about which elements of each program seem to be effecting change. Emphasis is placed on how we help future teachers recognize and capitalize on their own students' conceptual, cultural, linguistic, and social resources.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

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Primary Contact: Valerie Otero
University of Colorado Boulder
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