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Abstract Title: Participation in an online community of high school physics teachers
Abstract: We use the theory of community of practice to describe high school physics teachers' participation in the context of an online discussion board as part of a new online Master program in physics with teaching emphasis. In each class, the core component of the design, requires students to participate in weekly problem solving and bi-weekly reading discussion boards. We apply social network analysis measures to quantify the community interactions formed in the context of a nine-week summer course of Classical Mechanics for Educators.  Our findings revealed fluctuations in the problem solving discussion boards; a result of the structural features of the course. The participation in the reading discussion boards showed a less variation comparatively. To further analyze the results and reveal the course's structural features, we characterized posts by looking for emergent themes.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: 2.G2
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael Nadeau
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429
Phone: 903.886.5488
and Co-Presenter(s)
Bahar Modir-Texas A&M University-Commerce
Robynne M. Lock-Texas A&M University-Commerce
William G. Newton-Texas A&M University-Commerce