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Abstract Title: When Former LAs Teach the LA Pedagogy Course: An insider's perspective
Abstract: At the University of Colorado Boulder, the LA program has grown to the point that we now run 3 sections of the LA pedagogy course. This poster is presented by a former LA, now a doctoral student in Computer Science Education, who is now teaching and modifying the LA pedagogy course at CU Boulder. As one of the first LAs for the Applied Mathematics department, a unique perspective is brought to the LA pedagogy course which was initially designed by a physics education researcher and a high school physics teacher. Since the pedagogy course reaches diverse STEM student majors, the course must continually be made relevant for all students. Here we present a unique perspective from two angles: (1) from the angle of a computer science/math major teaching in what was a physics-centric LA pedagogy course and (2) the perspective of a former LA who is now taking action toward educational change. Finally, we discuss this final measure of success of the LA program that is rarely discussed in the literature: the recruitment of LAs into advanced doctoral programs in STEM education as they establish their agenda for educational change.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: LA Model Variation and Emulation: Toward a National Research Agenda?

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ian Her Many Horses
University of Colorado at Boulder
and Co-Presenter(s)
Valerie Otero, University of Colorado at Boulder