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Abstract Title: Investigating Teacher Learning Goals Involving Computation in High School Physics
Abstract: As a state-wide effort to integrate computational practices into high school physics curricula around Michigan, we developed and administered a week-long summer workshop (ICSAM Workshop) for high school physics teachers to learn how to program and teach basic programming to their students. Over the course of the year, we worked with the teachers as they integrated computation into their classrooms. Through structured interviews, we explored their learning goals, design, and implementation of computational activities. Common learning goals amongst the teachers and the design elements they use to achieve those goals were identified, providing a measure of the professional development series' effectiveness at helping teachers develop computational physics activities aligned with their learning goals. This research will inform workshop development for upcoming years and begin cataloguing best practices for implementing computation in high school physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C6
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Daniel Weller
Michigan State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Paul W. Irving, Michigan State University; Marcos D. Caballero, Michigan State University

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