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Abstract Title: Alignment of TAs’ Beliefs with Practice and Student Perception
Abstract: Graduate teaching assistants (TAs) play an important role in introductory physics courses, particularly in large enrollment courses where the TA may be viewed as more approachable and accessible than the lecture instructor. Thus, while TAs may still be in the process of developing their views on teaching physics, their practices directly influence a large number of introductory students. As the first steps reforming our introductory courses and TA training program, we collected multiple types of data on TAs teaching in traditional algebra-based physics laboratories. Recently, the beliefs, practices and training of TAs have drawn the attention of several researchers. Drawing on prior work on TAs' pedagogical knowledge, we explore how the beliefs expressed by TAs in interviews align with their practices during a laboratory video-taped mid-semester. Additionally, we explore how both the TAs' expressed beliefs and practices align with students' responses to an end-of-semester TA evaluation survey.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jacquelyn J. Chini
University of Central Floroda
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32816
and Co-Presenter(s)
Ahlam Al-Rawi, University of Central Florida

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