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Abstract Title: Learning Assistants' changing perception of teaching
Abstract: East Carolina University has just implemented a Learning Assistant (LA) program in the past year.  LAs are undergraduate student instructors that support group learning in large lecture courses, promoting active and interactive learning. One of the goals of ECUs LA program is to increase the number of science teachers. Students have many barriers to entering the teaching profession, many of them self-imposed.  We have given our LAs the Perceptions of Teaching as a Profession (PTaP) survey, which is a new research tool designed to gauge students' perceptions of teaching careers. Specifically, PTaP investigates 9 categories of student perception of the teaching profession. PTaP includes 55 statements that utilize a Likert scale to study these 9 categories and a series of demographic questions. We gave the PTaP  to N=28 students in our pedagogy course using a pre-post implementation, and will present preliminary findings.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B96

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Steven F. Wolf
East Carolina University Department of Physics
1000 E. 10th Street
Howell Science Building C-209
Greenville, NC 27858
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kristine Callis-Duehl
East Carolina University Department of Biology
Rohin Gawdi
East Carolina University Department of Physics
Joi P. Walker
East Carolina University Department of Chemistry