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Abstract Title: Pedagogy training for the development of GTA mindsets and inclusive teaching practices
Abstract: The Physics and Astronomy Department at a large, diverse, public university has recently implemented a pedagogy training course for graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). Using survey and interview testimonies from GTAs and other lab instructors over the course of three semesters, we identify potential areas of growth that can result from taking the pedagogy course. These areas include: developing a growth mindset and asset-based thinking, identifying the need for inclusive teaching practices, and implementing such practices. To help inform future pedagogy training courses, we have identified four personas that represent key archetypes of instructors that are likely to teach physics and astronomy labs. By cross-examining both sets of data, we have observed multiple areas that each persona is likely to develop as a result of training. We aim to use these results as evidence to further demonstrate the necessity for professional development for early career instructors.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: 2.B1
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Caitlin Kepple
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 5418103393
and Co-Presenter(s)
Marakee Tilahun, Natalia Matti, and Kim Coble