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Abstract Title: Supporting Teacher Leadership for Physics Education Reform – Where Do We Begin?
Abstract: Teacher leadership is recognized as a necessary ingredient to support educational reform. Leaders provide the expertise needed to ensure that reforms promote student learning. The overarching goal of Leadership in Freshman Physics, a Math and Science Partnership (MSP), is to support a cadre of teachers-leaders who serve as advocates for excellence by developing their physics content and research-based pedagogical knowledge. In order to support teachers in developing effective leadership skills, we must first understand their views and prior experiences of leadership. We present results from the initial phase of our study in which we examined teacher' self-reported leadership experiences and responses to a Teacher Leadership Inventory. Results highlight areas of inconsistency between teachers' activities and what they view as leadership. Insights from our studies can be used to design differentiated professional development experiences to promote teacher leadership.

This research is supported in part by NSF grant DUE 0928924.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Carina M. Rebello
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 785-587-7171
and Co-Presenter(s)
Somnath Sinha, University of Missouri
Deborah Hanuscin, University of Missouri