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Abstract Title: Physics teacher production: Patterns of institutional engagement and faculty theories
Abstract: The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) seeks to better understand physics teacher education efforts taking place at institutions that have physics teacher education as a priority, in order to better engage and support those institutions in producing more well-prepared physics teachers. PhysTEC also seeks to understand faculty leaders' theories as to why there are so few future physics teachers a their institution, in order to positively influence faculty perceptions and foster leadership in physics teacher education. Results of an interview study indicate that institutions exhibit four broad patterns of institutional engagement with physics teacher education ("inactive," "track," "active," and "priority"). Faculty leaders' theories about the scarcity of future physics teachers refer to both cultural and institutional barriers to physics teacher production.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Rachel E. Scherr
Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 2066617501
and Co-Presenter(s)
Renee Michelle Goertzen, American Physical Society
Monica Plisch, American Physical Society