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Abstract Title: Building blocks of a community of practice: TA professional development
Abstract: The goal of professional development (PD) for physics Teaching Assistants (TAs) is frequently about increasing their pedagogical content knowledge. Increased pedagogical content knowledge may better prepare TAs for the next week's instruction, but it is naturally tied to a specific topic, and is therefore limited. We present data from a TA PD seminar that offers pedagogical content knowledge and encourages TAs to reflect on their practice and to view their fellow TAs as resources for improving their instruction. These seminar goals are based on the idea that TAs will be see long-term benefits if they see themselves as part of a community of practice, where the practice is physics instruction. Using video data from weekly PD meetings, we report on elements are part of the establishment of a community of practice.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Renee Michelle Goertzen
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St. VH 169
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-7683
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eric Brewe, Florida International University
Laird Kramer, Florida International University