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Abstract Title: Interrogating a propagation model: How faculty respond to a semi-flexible curricula with sustained online community support
Abstract: Research-based curriculum development can create effective materials, but limited use often minimizes their impact. Recommendations to address this emphasize propagation rather than dissemination, and include developing flexible materials, anticipating implementation needs and variations, and providing interactive, sustained support for adopters. This talk examines faculty use of a partially flexible curriculum, and their experiences in an accompanying faculty online learning community (FOLC). Case studies of five faculty examined how they were implementing the Next Gen PET curriculum. Faculty respond proactively and deliberately to the materials' selective flexibility, with time constraints and content coverage expectations being important factors in their course design. In videoconference FOLC meetings, faculty share and seek input on the course design decisions required by the materials' flexibility, illustrating the need for ongoing faculty support. The combination of flexible materials and faculty community provides a model of propagation for an innovation that requires substantial shifts away from status-quo pedagogies.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C13

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Edward Price
California State University San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chandra Turpen, University of Maryland, Dept. of Physics

Fred Goldberg, San Diego State University, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education

Melissa Dancy, University of Colorado, Boulder

Alexandra Lau, University of Colorado, Boulder

Adriana Corrales, San Diego State University, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education