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Abstract Title: Successes and Constraints in the Enactment of a Relatively Successful Reform
Abstract: Despite research documenting the potentially positive impacts of research-based physics reforms, few high school physics teachers in the US enact them in their classrooms.  One of the more successfully disseminated reforms is Modeling Instruction.  Our primary research goal was to discern aspects of this reform that contributed to its widespread dissemination and organizational sustainability.  We interviewed five people who played important roles in the development of Modeling Instruction.  Drawing from the literature in communities of practice, innovation, and leadership, we analyzed the interviews to discern aspects of the reform that the interviewees felt led to some of the successes and constraints in its dissemination and sustainability.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: May Lee
University of Colorado - Boulder
and Co-Presenter(s)
Melissa Dancy, University of Colorado - Boulder
Charles Henderson, Western Michigan University
Eric Brewe, Florida International University