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Abstract Title: All Aboard! Challenges and Successes in Training Lab TAs
Abstract: At large universities, introductory physics labs are often run by student teaching assistants (TAs). Thus, efforts to reform introductory labs should address the need for effective and relevant TA training. We developed and implemented a research-backed training program that focuses on preparing TAs to support inquiry-based learning, to discuss issues of epistemology, and to establish supportive and equitable learning spaces. Primary impacts of this training were identified using observational and ethnographic protocols, and secondary impacts were assessed through an attitudinal survey of students. We will discuss details of the training program and share results that suggest effective training can positively impact both TA practice and student experiences in the physics lab.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C25
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Danny Doucette
University of Pittsburgh
and Co-Presenter(s)
Russell Clark, Chandralekha Singh