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Abstract Title: Investigating Student Perceptions of Learning Assistants
Abstract: The Physics Department at Kansas State University recently initiated a Learning Assistant (LA) program.  Previously, the studios of the department's two-semester calculus-based physics course were run by a lead instructor (faculty member or advanced graduate student) assisted by a TA (upper level undergraduate or new graduate student).  The department replaced the TA in some studios with two LAs.  We are conducting interviews with students who completed a studio with a TA and a studio with LAs.  We are investigating the similarities and differences in the students' view of TAs versus LAs.  This research will help us understand student perceptions of the LAs they encounter and to observe the impacts of the near-peer relationships between students and LAs.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A12

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Virginia Coghlan
Kansas State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
James T. Laverty, Kansas State University