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Abstract Title: PhysPort as professional development to foster creativity in teaching
Abstract: Instructor professional development in physics often focuses on a linear path towards using research-based teaching methods. However, this does not reflect how instructors frame their teaching. Instead, we propose a professional development focus on supporting physics instructors' creativity in teaching. Creativity is important as instructors teach in diverse contexts and hold diverse educational values. Creativity research indicates that having a well-structured space to explore many ideas can support creativity. We investigate this for the case of PhysPort, a website for physics professional development. We present results from interviews with PhysPort users, to show how they joyfully explore, feel trust in materials on the site because they are research-based, and use ideas from PhysPort creatively. We also discuss how better site organization could support users' creativity more. Through this case study, we encourage designers of instructor professional development to consider supporting instructors' teaching creativity as a key goal.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: 1.H1
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Linda E. Strubbe
American Association of Physics Teachers
Vancouver, Non U.S. Canada
Phone: 510-854-6329
and Co-Presenter(s)
Adrian M. Madsen, American Association of Physics Teachers
Sarah B. McKagan, American Association of Physics Teachers
Eleanor C. Sayre, Kansas State University