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Abstract Title: Learning About Teacher Recruitment and Retention from Our Math Department
Abstract: At Texas State University, there are many more pre-service secondary math teachers than physics teachers, despite a successful Physics Learning Assistant Program and many other recruitment and retention activities in the physics department. Math and physics high school teaching are similar in some ways, and it seems like the numbers ought to be more similar than they are. We aim to understand from the point of view of these math teachers, what factors contribute to their recruitment and retention in their program. To learn this, we invited all of these teachers to respond to an electronic survey about their experiences in their program, and we invited a subset of those respondents to follow-up focus group discussions. We will present our findings from the surveys and interviews, emphasizing points of contrast between the physics and math teacher preparation programs.

This work is supported by NSF DUE 1557405.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A83

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kushal Das
Department of Physics, Texas State University
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512.545.5419
and Co-Presenter(s)
Hunter Close, Department of Physics, Texas State University
Roy Dominguez, Department of Physics, Texas State University
Alex White, Department of Mathematics, Texas State University