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Abstract Title: A resource framework can support a respectful perspective towards TAs
Abstract: Physics education has learned the benefits of respecting the ideas students bring into the classroom, an attitude that we think can and should be applied to beginning physics instructors. We advocate for a perspective of respect towards TAs when conducting TA research and instruction. Such a perspective sees TAs as partners in the endeavor of educating students and seeks productive seeds in their beliefs. A resource framework supports a respectful perspective by focusing the attention of researchers and instructors of TAs on what resources TA already have available to them. It also discourages a view of novice TAs that primarily focuses on their deficiencies as reform instructors.  Thus, a resource framework helps instructors of TAs and researchers approach TAs with a respectful perspective that can foster long-term change as well as help build a more productive relationship between TAs and the PER community.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: The influence of theoretical frameworks on researchers' attitudes towards students

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Renee Michelle Goertzen
Florida International University
Department of Physics
and Co-Presenter(s)
Rachel E. Scherr, Department of Physics, Seattle Pacific University
Andrew Elby, Department of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park