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Abstract Title: Meaning and Purpose in the Pursuit of Physics Teaching Careers
Abstract: Many factors enter into the decision to teach high school physics: scholarships and salary, working conditions and hours, professional preparation and support, job satisfaction, etc. Another element is how teaching might contribute to one's sense of meaning and purpose in life. To investigate the dynamic interplay between the path of teaching and the human spirit, I developed the "Journeys" interview protocol, which adapts archetypal forms from the Hero's Journey (Campbell, 1949) to the journey of earning a bachelor's degree in physics and pursuing teacher certification; I used this protocol as a basis for discussion with several physics teacher candidates at Texas State University. I will describe the development and content of the protocol and some of the initial results from interviews.

This work is supported by NSF DUE 1557405.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B88
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Hunter G. Close
Department of Physics, Texas State University
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 5122458103