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Abstract Title: Physics LAs’ Views on Expert Teaching: Understanding PCK’s Role
Abstract: At Florida International University (FIU), our Learning Assistant (LA) program is a component of our secondary teacher preparation program.  All of our pre-service secondary teachers participate in the LA program because we believe that it provides LAs with opportunities to foster tools that will help them to develop expertise in teaching.  To understand physics LAs' views in regard to expertise in teaching, we interviewed twelve former and present physics LAs.  Semi-structured interviews were analyzed using open coding followed by selective coding.  Results of this analysis revealed varying perspectives on expertise in teaching.  These perspectives indicate that these physics LAs' views on expertise are moving toward an understanding of the role of pedagogical content knowledge in expert physics teaching.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Geraldine L. Cochran
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street
ZEB, 212
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 919-802-0884
and Co-Presenter(s)
Leanne Wells, Florida International University
David T. Brookes, Florida International University